The best-of-all-cases that I can forsee, particularly with complex (and potentially lethal) consumer products is to create consumer expectation (and education) for some sort of independent certification of roadworthiness. It troubles me that NTSB is spending way more money (and time) on vehicle crashes (which are valuable in of themselves), and hardly any proportional time on integration testing of complex control systems, such as the fuel throttles.
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.