DailyDirt: Robotic Planes... Seriously, And Don't Call Me Shirley.

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Human pilots get tired and need sleep -- and some airline pilots get some rest at "crash pads" when they're off duty. Knowing that might not be too comforting to many passengers, but who's willing to let a robot fly a few hundred people around? Autonomous planes are getting more advanced all the time, though mostly for unmanned missions with aircraft that couldn't possibly carry people on board. Maybe someday we'll have autonomous Jetson-cars... in the meantime, here are a few links to some interesting UAVs and flight automation. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Feb 2011 @ 8:29am

    An aerospace engineer once commented that the reason we have people in the front of airliners is because people stand
    a better chance than a machine of solving an unanticipated problem. With that exception,
    automating the process would be easy, we're almost there now.

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