As IHS revealed, ST is not a leader in automotive applications--yet. Last year it introduced its first accellerometer qualified for air-bag deployment--a safety critical application. My guess is that the company wants to dominate automotive like it dominates consumer, but its got some strong competition from Bosch, Freescale, Analog Devices et. al.
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.