A machine that automatically washes clothes. A car that can drive itself. The quest for making our lives easier still goes on up to this day, which is why I’m not surprised if pilotless commercial jet flights are talked about for years. Unfortunately, there’s been little decisive evidence that suggests that autonomous flying is possible, until now.
Airbus has confirmed one of its test aircraft took off automatically at Toulouse-Blagnac airport in France last December.
The European aerospace company conducted a series of successful tests on autopilot last month, with two pilots on standby.
According to Airbus, the A350-1000 achieved eight automatic takeoffs over a period of four and a half hours.
More details about this over at CNN.
What are your thoughts about this one?
(Image Credit: Airbus/ CNN)