YOU’VE probably read or heard about plans to have driverless cars, but how about planes without pilots?
That’s what was being discussed this week, after research by a bank called UBS said that pilotless planes could save airlines more than £25bn a year.
That’s because it’s expensive to train and pay pilots, and computers could fly more efficiently, saving money on fuel.
Although planes have been using computers to take off, land and fly on autopilot for years, many experts feel that planes still need pilots in case something goes wrong.
UBS surveyed more than 8,000 people, and more than half said they probably wouldn’t get on a plane with no pilot. It’s possible that cargo planes could be the first to go pilotless.
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