Legal Aspects of Service Robotics

Executive summary

The Nexa Center is performing a research on legal issues related to service robotics. The research, funded by Telecom Italia – Joint Open Lab CRAB at Politecnico di Torino, aims at identifying the legal framework that currently applies to service robots and describes the major legal issues related to their production and usage. In particular, the implications of data exchange over the cloud (e.g., trivially, to up-date algorithms), and liability aspects.



Based on the analysis of real cases of design and testing provided by Telecom Italia, the research identified the pertaining legal framework in order to highlight potential legal aspects connected to the development and use of service robots (Work Package 1). Such legal threads will provide the basis for a toolkit for drone users and developers (Work Package 2).


The first deliverable, “The Law of Service Robots”, was completed and shared with Telecom Italia in early October 2014.

The Nexa team is currently defining and developing the WP2 research tasks, which will utlimately consist of a more practical output; i.e. a legal toolkit illustrating some basic case scenarios in order to help drone users to comply with the current Italian legislation (mainly, the ENAC Regulation).

Related Publications


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The Law of Service Robots Technical Report


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