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Airbus says it's ready to build pilotless jets. Would you fly on one?

Airbus says it already has the technology at hand to fly airplanes with just one or no pilots, and is focusing on winning over regulators and passengers.

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KicksOnRoute6630d ago

Same. I won't even trust one pilot

Altaire30d ago

Maybe they might fly better? But the systems would have to be perfect. Look what happened to the MAX because the sensor failed....

Lionsguard29d ago

You'd be surprised (or scared) of just how automated flying already is.

tekiz29d ago

That's what I was thinking

ravinash29d ago

After seeing what happened to those 2 Boeing 737 crashes because of an issue with anti-stalling software.
No way in hell!

GreatBear30d ago

I mean, there are so many variables. Is AI really going to be able to get around that? They still can't get cars 100% right

tekiz29d ago

Well... traffic on the roads is a lot more complex than organized runways at an airport.

FlyingFoxy30d ago

I hate planes as it is, even though it's supposed to be the safest form of transport.. Rather take my chances with a boat, at least you got life jackets and other things to survive.

I'm looking forward to Ray Kurzweil's prediction of having human level AI by 2029 tho.

Kados30d ago (Edited 30d ago )

Been saying that to people for years. Planes may crash less often but when they do crash you are like 99.9% facked. With a boat, you are typically traveling at like 5kph, and humans can continue to swim without it. Good luck continuing to fly when the wings fall off.

31, never flown, until someone invents a working puddle jumper, never will fly.

Kados30d ago (Edited 30d ago )

The last half dozen 737/747 crashes have been due to crappy software going kamikazi. If it were up to me, all the automation in existing planes would be ripped out and they would have to be flown 100% manual, with the plane unable to do anything without pilot input.

100% manual with 3 people in the cockpit. Pilot, co-pilot and a backup monitor watching to make sure neither of the first 2 fuck up or suddenly go psycho. Also, unless the weather is crap, they should be flying almost entirely by sight, not instruments. electronics lie, eyes do not.

WeOwnTheNight30d ago

You think that's going to be feasible for a 10+ hour flight? Hand flying gets tiring quickly and the ride is never as smooth as autopilot.

Kados29d ago (Edited 29d ago )

Who cares about smoothness. Safety is more important. A plane the size of a 737/747, the difference would barely be noticeable anyway. They actually already have bunks on planes for the pilots to take short breaks, adding a 3rd pilot would make it even easier for them to rotate shifts.

ravinash29d ago (Edited 29d ago )

Its fine to have the automated technology to fly the plane as long as the pilot can over ride it.
The problem with the Boeing crashes were a faulty sensor thought the plane was stalling, so the software force the plane nose down.
The pilots tried to pull up, but the system would not allow them to override it.

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