The Smart Grid "bonus" could be much improved access to data about power failures and locations of service interruptions. I'd love to see that data used to locate and prioritize problems in real time to deploy repair trucks. Maybe the spectacle of power company "bucket trucks" driving down the road in opposite directions during a power outage can be eliminated (and power returned in a more timely manner).
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.