Today, virtually any technique able to work without human intervention. Just look around and you will see my washing machine, “smart” slow cooker and the computer — after all you noticed that it installs updates without your involvement? But let’s talk about more serious vehicle, namely unmanned aircraft. They cost millions of dollars, but recently the American company DZYNE Technologies figured out how to do offline almost any existing aircraft. Agree, because the equipment of the aircraft autopilot is much cheaper than building an entirely new camera?
As a rule, Autonomous planes are created from scratch and is technically very different from conventional aircraft. Take, for example, unmanned fighter Boeing, which is able to overcome the 3700 kilometers, passing through the exploration areas. Developers don’t talk about it openly, but it is clear that the autopilot system is closely connected with the whole design of the aircraft. This means that if you want a drone Boeing cannot be manned.
A drone with a robot-pilot
To turn any aircraft in the standalone and Vice versa, the company DZYNE Technologies has developed a robot called ROBOpilot. He is able to take control of any plane in their hands in the literal sense of the word. You just need to remove from the aircraft the pilot’s seat, replace it with the robot and put his hands and feet on the steering wheel and pedals. The robot sees the control panel with the help of computer vision systems and takes off, follows the assigned route and landing without any help from people.
All these possibilities, at least, representatives of the company. It is known that on August 9, the robot ROBOpilot successfully tested by the Federal aviation administration of the United States. A few weeks after this event, he passed another test, which was a mistake, but what was it and how much was serious, yet unknown. Sounds very interesting, and looks completely amazing video of the first flight ROBOpilot can be viewed below. Be sure to share your experiences in our Telegram chat, because we expect it!
How much will such a robot, is still unknown. But the robot installation in an existing aircraft is obviously cheaper than creating a standalone apparatus from scratch. Previously, the military has learned to equip the auto-pilot F-16 fighter jets and it cost them a million dollars. But it is worth considering that the installation of the autopilot implies a thorough work on the connection of different parts of the apparatus with a computer, and in the case of ROBOpilot only need to put the robot into the cockpit.
Unmanned is possible to make not only the aircraft, but any car
In fact, these robots-the pilots already exist. One of them is ALIAS (Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System) developed by the U.S. Department of defense. In 2016, he successfully lost control of the aircraft Cessna Caravan, however, his work in the salon have to be a real pilot. And all because the robot ALIAS is just a helper, not a full-fledged pilot. It seems that the system ROBOpilot much better development U.S. Department of defense, do you think?