Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot?
Airplanes could be safer with technology at the helm. A key sticking point is human opinion.
In the cockpit of an aircraft, the hierarchy between captain and co-pilot is strictly respected. At the risk, sometimes, of poor decisions being made.
The USS John S McCain post-collision.
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Self-driving cars and drones have some lessons to learn from the experience of ships and planes in switching to autopilot.
Is a hands off approach the right way to go when it comes to automation?
More tasks are being given over to automation, from autopilots in transport to medical diagnosis. But humans are a poor backup for automation, especially when the automation goes wrong.
Don’t do away with that human driver at the wheel.
Experts in the field of human factors – how people interact with machines – warn that "self-driving" cars need to be more of a cooperative effort between human driver and tech than the hype would suggest.