Britain to begin testing passenger drones by 2030

Britain to begin testing passenger drones by 2030
Britain to begin testing passenger drones by 2030

Two British companies are collaborating to develop advanced artificial intelligence that allows planes to fly human drones by 2030, as Britten Norman, headquartered in the Isle of Wight, announced that it intends to have only one pilot in its aircraft by 2025, with no pilots at all by 2030, and to achieve this milestone. Cooperated with a company Blue Bear, Specialized in independent flying.

According to the British “Daily Mail” website, the Britten Norman plane will be the focal point of the project, and it will be devoted to short-range flights, which are currently operating between the Scottish islands, and will carry only nine passengers and need only a short runway for take off and landing, due to its small size, and the length of its wings 50 feet (15 m) and weighed under 3,300 lb (1,500 kg).

The company also aspires to be carbon neutral, which are the same goals of the aviation giant Airbus, which announced last month a fleet of zero-emission aircraft, which is said to be in operation by 2035.

According to a statement by Britten Norman: “Regional air transport will have to integrate carbon-free technology and standalone technology to make operations affordable and scalable. Using these technologies can make air transport faster, greener, and easier than road and rail travel by 2030.

Experimental assistive technology has long been used in cockpits, with commercial flights used by autopilots for the best part of half a century, and the British Army also uses ground-launched drones, but taking a step toward fully automated flight is likely to encounter resistance from the bodies. Ruling, passengers and pilots alike.

The British Airways Pilot Association (PALPA) told The Times that passengers will be put off by the idea of ​​an AI flight because they want comfort in knowing that the pilot on board is facing the same risks they do.

Brian Stroton, Secretary-General of the Union, said that all technological developments are welcome in the field of aviation, but he continued, saying, “We do not believe that any automated system is capable of acting like a professional pilot with experience in the harsh conditions that these aircraft may encounter.”

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