A version of this article appears in the August 11/18 double issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Autonomous technology, in the air and on the ground, is certain to be required if aviation is to break out of its niche and become a ubiquitous mode of transport. Whether it is easy-to-fly personal air vehicles, optionally piloted air taxis or single-pilot commuter transports, aviation will have to go beyond automation to enable wider public use of aircraft. Visionaries like Mark ...

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