I think some of us are forgetting that this isn’t just taking our current planes and getting rid of a pilot. Boeing is working on new technology and a new cockpit that would allow for only one pilot to operate a flight safely.
However, I do think that it might be a bit early to do this on passenger planes… they did mention trying this out on cargo planes first, which I personally wouldn’t mind. And I definitely think only having 2 pilots on long haul flights is bound to happen very soon.
Eventually, this is going to happen. The question is, when, not if. And, depending on what their timeframe for this is, it is probably a little bit early. Even if not too early for our technology, it’s too early for the public’s own safety concerns. This will probably have a better view in the public’s eye once self-driving cars are widely used. Then again, complete self-driving cars are going to be coming very soon.
I am all for self-driving cars, as the #1 cause of car crashes are definitely human error. However, with planes… it’s a bit different. I’m not statistically sure about this, but from what I can tell it’s normally a combination of human error and mechanical failures. I’m not quite sure whether or not I agree with this… but, if the technology is 100% ready in the future, then I probably won’t mind.