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Autonomous Aircraft: The Future of Commercial Flights

Autonomous Aircraft: The Future of Commercial Flights

Autonomous Aircraft: The Future of Commercial Flights


With the testing and launching of autonomous automobiles, it would not take long to start planning within commercial aviation. Certainly modern aircraft already have GPS and autopilot systems for monitoring and steering at certain distances, so there is only some missing pieces of a puzzle need to be connected.



Safety in autonomous driving


Will it really be safe? It is what every user of commercial flights could ask. Certainly we have the assurance that automated driving technology has been successfully tested in cars and trucks. However, the process is different. The aerial variables change with respect to ground conduction, taking into account atmospheric and logistics aspects of safe landing.


The giant Airbus has already started the development and testing of a future air taxi with driving autonomy, with the name "Vahana". It will be designed for takeoff and landing in small spaces and has a unique design with multiple propeller and inclined wings. You can travel around 80 kilometers and your power supply is based on removable and rechargeable batteries. It is designed to transport people within metropolitan areas.


However, the most ambitious bet comes from the giant aircraft producer, Boeing. During the most recent Air Show in Paris, his vice president of development of new launches, Mike Sinnett, highlighted that the basic technology to build new autonomous aircraft is already available. The present year, 2018, the new artificial intelligence systems will be tested. The main challenge will be to cover the entire spectrum of decisions and commands that a pilot has to take actively during the flight process.


Replacement of human labor?


One of the main objectives - and one of the most controversial - is to completely dispense with human pilots. This would mean a substantial reduction of all errors committed during commercial flights, although not necessarily the elimination of these people from the business line. It does not suppose a substitution of man by machine, but it is projected to create new jobs in other processes of supervision and logistics, where the risk of errors and of work accidents may decrease.


Current progress of autonomous air transport


Currently we find that artificial intelligence has already taken much of the flight process in commercial aircraft. The computers are already handling the speed of flight, takeoff and landing process and even the number of pilots on average per plane has decreased from three to two. It is projected in twenty years that all aircrafts across the world will be driven in a remote and autonomous way and international air traffic will increase substantially.


The actual manual driving time that a pilot performs today in an airplane is between three and six minutes, the rest of the time the plane moves on autopilot. Therefore, the transition can be made more quickly than you think, even thinking about a complete redesign of the cabins to soon have only one pilot. Aeronautical experts say that this only means an improvement in the quality of the flight experience, in addition to reducing costs for airlines.



From the voice of Francisco Rolando Archila Dehesa:


"It will be some time before passengers fully approach the idea of ully autonomous driving. The human being fears and resents the change by nature, more when it is one that involves its integrity during a process that is naturally anxious for many. The challenge that the flight companies have will be to be transparent with the technology used and transparent with all the safety tests, in order to transform a trial and error into a palpable reality for all users of commercial aircraft. "

Automation in Production

Automation in Production