Irvine, California - A robot pilot passed the FAA tests and made its first flight. But it also had its first accident.
Unlike a traditional autopilot, the ROBOpilot Unmanned Aircraft Conversion System developed by the US-based tech firm DZYNE Technologies requires physical commands such as pushing pedals on foot and managing the yokes with robotic arms.
The pilot seats were removed from the aircraft and the robot pilot has its own place where it commands the controls and reads the dials.
The robot pilot can take-off, read speed and altitude indicators, follow a flight plan and land without human intervention.
It has completed the tests of Federal Aviation Administration and carried out its first solo-flight with a Cessna 206 on August 9 in Utah.
But A few weeks later during another flight, it also had its first mishap. It was reportedly damaged during the incident.
DZYNE is not the only one who works on a robotic piloting system. South Korea's Pibot and ALIAS of the US Department of Defense are around for a while, but none of them has so far flown a real plane like DZYNE's ROBOpilot.
The manufacturer suggests that ROBOpilot can be used in freighters, fire fighting planes and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks in dangerous areas before ensuring the safety for human transportation.