It might be not long from now that robots will be flying planes. A tiny humanoid robot proved that when he successfully completed a take-off, a short flight and a landing in a flight simulator. Going by the name PIBOT, the robot knows how to use each button and switch that can be found in a real cockpit of an ordinary civilian aircraft. Researchers from KAIST in South Korea – who built this low-cost robot – assure that "PIBOT can satisfy the various requirements specified in the flying handbook by the Federal Aviation Administration."
The possible pilot of the future is just 39.7cm (15.6in) tall. The team “trained” - or actually, modified – it to receive visual input and information about GPS location, airspeed, roll, and other flight details that are crucial to know when flying a plane.
- Country: South Korea
- Company: KAIST University