1. DRONES! There'll be collection drones that will pick up pirated goods or ore that you blast out of the rock -- goodbye manual pickup! Although the drones will be either one use, or will have a timer during which they collect as much as they can before returning, and then are done. Also, fuel drones to allow you to rescue a depleted comrade
2. They explain how the system control mechanics work when factions change their % of influence in the system. Not a new thing, but it's interesting to see the logic under the hood.
Drones comes along with Powerplay, which is something they haven't really explained yet, but they claim this will be the biggest patch yet, so It should be pretty significant.
It'll be interesting to see what this Powerplay is about. Some people think it'll be some kind of PvP thing, but it almost sounds like a better way for players to influence the control of the map.