Jeff.Rochow: Automotive first tier plants build diffeent product variants too, based on a broadcast from the main assembly plant. Most are just-in-time plants, 4 hours from order to delivery (paint is usually drying on the vehicle...they order the components from the first tier when they are "sure" they are going to build it that day).
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.