The autonomous driving systems will offer a first concrete demonstration of their potential on the road, with public debut cars set for the next few years. One such approach to the management of journeys, however will come in the future to cover other means of transport, including those aircraft . A demonstration comes by the US DARPA (DARPA).

Technology ALIAS (Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System) developed by Aurora Flight Sciences team made it possible to drive a Cessna Caravan without the on-board controls were controlled by a human being. This thanks to the use of a robotic arm as well as an interface consisting mainly of a tablet and by an apparatus for speech recognition. Once installed on the aircraft, the system has changed in every way the pilot. This is the third test of this type completed with success in a single year: the first within a simulator and the second of a DA-42 Diamond. These are the words of John Wissler vice president of R & D department of Aurora.

Demonstrating the operation of our system will permit its use for both military and commercial tasks. ALIAS allows the pilot to delegate to flight operations and focus on details such as any issues related to weather conditions, potential hazards or to the management of logistical plans.

The result is visible in the video stream above. The next step of the program involves the installation of a ALIAS helicopter more precisely on a Bell UH-1 . The purpose of the project is to use the technology in the military and possibly commercial, reducing the staff required to conduct an aerial craft during missions. That the declared objective.

A removable kit, made to size, which can add a high level of automation on existing aircraft, allowing you to perform operations with a human crew reduced in number.

The Aircrew Labor System In-Cockpit Automation System of Aurora Flight Sciences