Technology is making a lot of strides as far as autonomy goes. Cars are starting to drive themselves.
Some people may be hesitant to even think about traveling in a car that operates itself. It's a little terrifying, right?
Well, that's nothing, as it turns out. It looks like this concept has been taken one step beyond that with self-flying helicopters.
Would you consider traveling in what's basically a gigantic remote controlled helicopter? Well, it's happening!
The first self-flying commercial helicopter of its kind, a Sikorsky S-76, has made its debut flight from Stratford, Connecticut to Plainville, Connecticut. That's a 30-mile trip and, incredibly, it was all operated by a tablet.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) developed the project for the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program.