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Flying Pilotless

Forget about driverless cars – what about pilotless aircraft? Researchers at UBS believe pilotless commercial planes could be with us by 2040. Pilotless planes are currently being trialled and could be used commonly for air taxis and cargo flights by the 2020s. Airliners will, say UBS, save £27bn in pilot salaries, insurance premiums (it will be safer!), and fuel, as robots will find the optimised flight path. There is, of course, one problem. The UBS researchers also found that half of respondents said they were ‘very unlikely’ to take a pilotless flight. Fewer than one in five said they were ‘up for it’.



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