FIRST DRIVERLESS CARS, NOW PILOTLESS PLANES

Aug 08, 2017

By Christine Ross

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Would you fly 36 thousand feet off the ground in a plane with NO pilot?

According to a new study, consumers are not quite ready to embrace pilot-less flight. Out of the 8,000 people who participated in a recent UBS Evidence Lab Survey, 54 percent said they were reluctant to take a pilotless flight, with only 17 percent stating that they would likely welcome the opportunity. Those responses come despite a guarantee of cheaper flights. Acceptance to the idea varied by country. German and French respondents were the least likely to take a flight with no pilot while U-S respondents were the most likely. The research says that pilotless planes could save airlines over $30 billion a year in costs. Autonomous flight is already being tested. One analyst says “reducing intervention of human pilots on aircraft could bring material economic benefits and improve safety.”

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