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Towards a world of more autonomous air travel

Autonomous technologies have the potential to deliver increased fuel savings, provide a solution to pilot shortages and reduce the operating costs of airlines. By developing a range of cutting-edge future technology in autonomy, Airbus is working towards a world of self-piloting urban air mobility vehicles and cargo drones, and more autonomous commercial aircraft.

Optimising human-machine interaction

For autonomous technologies to improve overall flight performance, pilots must always remain at the heart of operations. At Airbus, we believe autonomous technologies are critical to supporting pilots, enabling them to focus less on aircraft operation and more on strategic decision-making and mission management.

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Disruptive Cockpit (DISCO)

This enhanced cockpit is designed to enable single-pilot operations for new aircraft.

Skyways, Airbus’ unmanned aerial vehicle designed for autonomous parcel deliveries, made its first flight demonstration today, validating its automatic loading and unloading capabilities


This Singapore-based programme is flight-testing UTM concepts and technologies to create an integrated and advanced airspace.

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This A³ by Airbus project builds scalable, certifiable autonomy systems that power self-piloted aircraft applications throughout Airbus, from small urban aerial vehicles to large commercial aircraft.

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