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Military robot "lands" B737

Old 24th May 2017, 23:52
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Originally Posted by bluesideoops
it seems totally pointless to me - given that majority of the controls manipulate themselves when on autopilot/autoland, why not just automate the whole cockpit and 'cut' the robot out? if you want the automation to 'work' with the pilot put in AI interface with voice recognition....still think that the overall concept of removing humans will eventually be realised anyhoo
The idea is to use the thing in military aircraft that are not fitted with the levels of automation that a 737 has. They just used a 737 for the demo because it was available, and a B52 or C5 (or whatever) wasn't.
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Old 25th May 2017, 08:38
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Originally Posted by PAXboy
I like the accuracy of Sky reporting (as always) 'essentially seeing things just as a human would' Eeer, No. Besides, it wouldn't be able to see much as, during the roll out, it had it's head down looking for the thrust levers - needed to keep looking out the windows too.
If it's been designed to see things as a human would then that would seem to be a dumb artificial limitation. Why design a robot with only 2 eyes where it has to turn it's head to see.

I would hope that it has almost 360 vision, surely the point is to enhance, not to duplicate human weaknesses.

By all means it can have 2 visible 'eyes' and turn it's head towards someone if addressing a SLF (Soft Life Form ) but even when doing so it should be looking out the window, at the instruments and behind it.
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Old 26th May 2017, 07:37
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Video of the landing starting from 210kt with flaps zero.

1s said before, the point of this study, are to have a robotic copilot, able to use a standard cockpit.

Not from now, but I m sure lots of airline will love it on day ... Even if previously said, cheap FO paying their own training cost much more less than the price of just the robot.

Watch all the automatic underground ? It is working, since few years now, does all the tram/train/underground driver job has disappeared ? No.
I still think we are safe for some decade ...
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