Overall, NOT a healthy trend depicted in both funding and deals completed. The slow down seems to be stabilizing if one looks at the 2012 & 2013 data. One solace to be found is that we may be seeing an inflection point to the upside from 2013 ownards. As the article says, if the present trends continue, 2014 may end up being an 'Up' year!
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.