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In the US, courts have generally held that your property rights do not extend into the sky without limit. In UNITED STATES v. CAUSBY et ux. The Supreme Court ruled that the skies above a certain altitude were a public highway. The federal government currently holds that navigable airspace starts at 500 feet from the ground, so above that altitude the FAA ...


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A vending machine of this type was proposed and reported upon by the BBC this summer. It isn't clear if it has actually been approved by sale by English officials in charge of alcohol regulation.


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Why might this treaty be seen as an issue in Japan but not the US? In the U.S., when there is a conflict between a treaty and a statute enacted by Congress, the last enacted law controls. So, any U.S. law passed by Congress after 1949 could override the Geneva Convention of 1949 on this topic. I am not certain that Congress has passed such a law, but it ...


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“You don't put a newborn baby in the driver's seat and let it out on the road, hoping that it will gradually learn ...“ No, but you do put a 15, 16 or 17 year old (depending on jurisdiction) in the driver’s seat under the supervision and direction of a qualified driver. The cars are not “self-driving”, nor are they marketed as such. The driver is still in ...


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As long as you are happy to allow the machine to make the determination then you could allow it to sell alcohol on your licence. It would be no different to, say, scanning an ID card for validation. You are responsible for ensuring that proper checks are made. How those checks are made is up to you, and you are responsible if they fail. A related example ...


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In the US, it is unlikely that there will be a uniform answer. In California, the technology is sidewalk-legal at the state level, as long as it is operated safely, and they are reputedly operating in some (college campus) locations in California. A municipality could decide that it won't tolerate (unmanned) bots on the sidewalk, at least until the state ...


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