My own personal bugbear in embedded transportation devices is three-fold: 1) Power management, especially in the charging controllers for the huge Li+ arrays; 2) Avionics - that should be obvious; and 3) trucking - the average cost of a tandem trailer is approx $2500. Just how much scrutiny are the ABS brakes in the trailer wheels going to get when the cost margins are as thin as that?
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.