Slideshow: USA tech fest packs them in News & Analysis 4/30/2012 3 comments The USA Science & Technology Festival in Washington was filled to the rafters with curious kids and a raft of exhibits, demonstrations and teardowns designed to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and other innovators.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.