While automotive OEMs around the globe have embraced the concept of low-bandwidth vehicle communication networking with Controller Area Network (CAN) being adopted most universally, the unique and varied challenges in vehicle multimedia networking (e.g. bandwidth, QoS, scalability, cost, economies of scale, open vs. proprietary, and supplier choice) has left the door open for much debate over the best solution for multimedia from both a technical and commercial perspective. Historically, the implementation of packet switched networks has been avoided for vehicle multimedia applications due to their non deterministic nature.
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.