Autonomous flight has the potential to deliver increased fuel savings, reduce the operating costs of airlines, and support pilots in their strategic decision-making and mission management. At Airbus, we are building certifiable, safe and secure autonomy systems and programmes to power the next generation of commercial aircraft applications.
Our autonomous flight projects
The Autonomous Taxi, Take-off and Landing (ATTOL) project leveraged computer-vision technologies and techniques to successfully complete fully autonomous tests (taxi, take off, approach and landing) using a commercial aircraft.
This flight demonstrator project aims to prove the technical, operational and economic viability of wake-energy retrieval for commercial aircraft. This collaborative activity could make a significant impact on an aircraft’s environmental performance, including potential fuel savings of 5-10% per trip.
This enhanced, multi-crew operation enables the crew to better organise their presence in the cockpit during cruise phase. Pilots can thus achieve a better balance between working and resting time, optimise fatigue management on long-range flights, and concentrate on the most strategic tasks to enhance safety.
Disruptive Cockpit (DISCO)
This enhanced cockpit is designed to enable single-pilot operations for new aircraft.
This Acubed project builds scalable, certifiable autonomy systems that power self-piloted aircraft applications throughout Airbus, from small urban aerial vehicles to large commercial aircraft.
Through this project, autonomous features are introduced to the helicopters Flightlab. These technologies aim to simplify mission preparation and management, reduce helicopter pilot workload, and further increase safety.