The first airplane autopilot was developed in 1912 by Sperry Corporation. Since that time, air accidents have been significantly reduced, since approximately 70% of them occur due to human errors.
And although the idea of a program or a computer flying a plane can cause a bit of nerves, the truth is that in the aerospace field it is not as strange as it seems and is likely to happen in the near future; We well know that most flights are made with the autopilot, and the “human” pilots are there just to supervise.
In addition, flights are considered the safest means of transportation for travel, which makes us think that, without that small “margin of error” because of humans, pilotless planes could become even safer.
As explained by Mike Sinnett, vice president of the Boeing development area:
“The basic elements of technology are clearly available … but I have no idea how we are going to do it, we are studying right now and developing the algorithms. An autonomous plane would need to be able to land safely as Captain Chesley Sullenberger did in the ‘Miracle on the Hudson River’. If it can’t, then we can’t launch the technology. ”
We know how much you like to travel, so, taking into account that this technological advance can come at any time … would you feel comfortable getting on a plane without a pilot?
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