Just say no to driverless cars ?

Mike O'Dell mo at ccr.org
Sat Dec 1 14:40:09 CST 2012

large aircraft can already do exactly that now.
Full "zero-zero" approaches can be flown right now
even if the FAA doesn't allow them to be used in the US.
they are regularly used elsewhere.

with the advent of ADS-B and the "NextGen ATC" system,
having transport aircraft autofly most of the time is not that far away 
at all.

that's not the same as saying the cockpit crew can be removed, however.


On 11/28/12 3:40 PM, Richard O'Neill wrote:
>  Well, I suppose computer controlled cars could eventually become 
> accepted by the lemming masses - rushing between work and home each 
> day. However, that type of conveyance isn't for me.
>  Will these 'auto cars' be able to watch other drivers and anticipate 
> / react to unpredictable behavior as well as humans? I don't think so. 
> Besides, once generally accepted, next thing you know commercial 
> aircraft will be on auto pilot from takeoff to landing.
>  Makes me wonder what the outcome of that bird struck aircraft that 
> safely landed ever so gracefully on the Hudson by an experienced 
> glider pilot would have been with computers in control. Probably a 
> programmed announcement to bend over and kiss it goodbye. =-O
> Richard
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