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The Morning Brew: Is the era of pilotless airliners coming?

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It's Tuesday, August 8, also known as National Chocolate and Almonds Day. Seriously. Look it up. It's a thing.

Pilot less planes the next big thing?

Much has been made of the idea of driverless cars. In some ways, they're already here as some manufacturers like Tesla have already introduced features on their cars that brake automatically in certain situations. The thought is that within a decade driverless cars might be a thing. You simply get in your ride after a long day's work and it takes you home. Hopefully while you're reading NewsOK on your smartphone or tablet. (wink, nod)

But planes without pilots? We already have them. They're called drones. But CNN recently featured a story about the idea of airliners without pilots.

Taking pilots out of the cockpit could save airlines billions. But would anyone buy a ticket?

Taking pilots out of the cockpit could save airlines billions. But would anyone buy a ticket?
The aviation industry could save $35 billion a year by moving to pilotless planes, according to a new report from UBS. Just one problem: The same report warns that only 17% of travelers are willing to fly without a pilot.

 
UBS said that the technology required to operate remote-controlled planes could appear by 2025. Further advances beyond 2030 might result in automated business jets and helicopters, and finally commercial aircraft without pilots.

"The technologies in development today will enable the aircraft to assist and back up the pilot in all the flight phases, removing the pilot from manual control and systems operations in all types of situations," the report said.

More at CNN.

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