The ROBOpilot Unmanned Aircraft Conversion System passed the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Practical Test for piloting light aircraft and completed its first flight on August 9.
ROBOpilot was developed by DZYNE Technologies as an easy, relatively inexpensive way to make any aircraft autonomous, as the system can take off, follow a flight plan, and land without human intervention.
Said University of Liverpool's Louise Dennis, “It looks like an impressive achievement in terms of robotics. Unlike an autopilot which has direct access to the controls and sensors, the robot is in the place of a human pilot and has to physically work the controls and reads the dials."
From New Scientist
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