Mingis on Tech: Drones on the rise, Detroit on the move -- to Silicon Valley

Just what is it with drones these days? And why are automakers looking west?

In this "cars n' copters" edition of Mingis on Tech, Executive News Editor Ken Mingis sits down to talk drones with Contributing Writer Michael deAgonia and Detroit with Senior Writer Lucas Mearian.

Drones are hot, hot, hot right now -- witness the more than 181,000 units that have been registered with the FAA. Computerworld's resident drone reviewer deAgonia explains why, covering the finer points (and price points) of quad-copter drones like the Chroma and Dragonfly, which he just tested. Also explained: What the heck a "selfie-drone" is.

Back on the ground, Mearian explains why automakers are setting up shop in Silicon Valley: As vehicle hardware becomes commoditized, cars and trucks are becoming software-defined, which means Detroit needs to partner with Google and Apple -- and their respective CarPlay and Android Auto services -- to meet consumer demand. The group agrees, we are a demanding bunch when it comes to having the latest and greatest car tech behind the wheel.

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