The research conducted by Swiss Bank UBS, an integrated financial services company located in Switzerland, revealed that the pilotless aircraft could save up to $35 billion per year. The saving comes in the form of reduced costs through fuel gains related to optimized flight paths, and elimination of pilots and training.
But the survey conducted with 8,000 people by the same company indicated more than 50 percent of the people would be reluctant to travel in an uncrewed flight.
Each year, more than 3 billion people around the globe step aboard some 34 million flights. Only 17 percent of the people would be likely to travel in a pilotless plane.
UBS predicts these technology changes will eventually make flying safer and minimize human cockpit errors. Autonomous flight is already being tested and conceptualized.
It is likely that the airlines would initially see cargo the first subsector to adopt new related technologies, with the number of pilots falling from two to one and eventually from one to none.”
But public acceptance might be a major hurdle in the process.
Younger people seemed to be more accepting of the idea of pilotless planes, according to the data. UBS added that “acceptance should grow with time.”