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Ryanair CEO: Pilotless Planes Are on the Horizon

In an interview with Business Insider, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary claimed that he believes the aviation industry could switch over to autonomous, pilotless aircraft in the next few decades.

“We already have the technology … It will probably happen in the next 40 to 50 years — perhaps we’ll all be flying ‘passenger drones’!” O’Leary said.

Only 17% of flyers polled by Swiss bank UBS felt comfortable flying without a pilot, which is actually surprisingly high when you consider that you barely trust your toaster to make toast properly, never mind a flying multi-ton death machine.

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strickerj September 28, 2018

This guy seems like the airline industry’s Elon Musk, periodically making some outlandish prediction with an absurd timeline for the free publicity. At least O’Leary’s prediction of 40 to 50 years is a bit more reasonable than Musk’s. Now, seatless airplanes I could see happening. We’ll all just be loaded as bulk cargo. Bubble wrap will cost extra, of course. :)

Dublin_rfk September 28, 2018

Pilotless and seatless and almost passengerless.