Interesting that companies received such a fine for technology that is no longer even used. What exactly was the anti-competitive effect? Did this stop flat screen development or technology advancement? A couple of the companies fined can afford the fees but some, e.g. Panasonic, are in the midst of layoffs and the fees could have the anti-competitive effect of actually eliminating competition. It seems the EC is the biggest anti-competitive body out there.
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.