Ubiquitous vehicular (and ground based) video has serious implications for privacy (as well as distracting drivers) but the ability to record unexpected natural phenomena such as tsunamis, tornadoes, and meteor strikes makes for some remarkable videos. These video recordings also make it possible to reconstruct crimes in ways that we never imagined a few years ago.
I thought a part of the reason for these cameras was to protect the drivers from corruption? I do think that they are a great idea but it is a two edged sword: could be used to help or prosecute the driver.. Anyway, as long as there is no viewing screen to distract the driver I think they are a great way to document the unexpected.
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.