Boeing is set to start testing self-flying planes, the company has revealed. It wants to develop autonomous aircraft, which would be capable of navigating themselves without any input from a human pilot.
Planes can already take off, cruise and land with minimal human assistance, but Boeing wants to go a step further. It wants artificial intelligence to start making some of the decisions pilots are trusted to make.
“When I look at the future I see a need for you know 41,000 commercial jet airplanes over the course of the next 20 years,” said Mike Sinnett, Boeing’s vice president of product development, according to Reuters.
“And that means we’re going to need something like six hundred and seventeen thousand more pilots. That’s a lot of pilots.“
One of the ways that may be solved is by some type of autonomous behaviour.”