‘We hear about self-drive cars all the time, but you know what’s really cool, autonomy for aircraft!’ Electric aircrafts that are currently in circulation have ‘a fantastic property in that they’re quieter than helicopters, but can still land in the same space’. These electric machines, however, they still require a pilot, ‘so what do we do? We make them autonomous.’ Human error is the biggest cause of aviation accidents, so Airbus concluded that ‘electrically operated aerial vehicles combined with more autonomous features are far safer’ than human operated planes.
‘Whilst drones are reaching higher levels of autonomy than aircrafts, they aren’t built to the same autonomy as personal aircrafts. Occasionally drones fall out of the sky - reliability and safety levels are far below what would be considered acceptable for human transport.’
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