I can not imagine what the automotive MEMs market would be like if / when the world economy picks up! While I would not want to spend big bucks on what I feel are frills (tire pressure monitoring for one) having them at low cost is "nice". I expect that overall the MEMs market will continue to grow as more devices rely on them and consumers value the added functionality.
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.