That pilot in the cockpit may someday be a robot

October 18, 2016 8:15 AM

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MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Government and industry officials say they are collaborating on an effort to replace the second human pilot in two-person flight crews with robot co-pilots that never tire, get bored, or feel stressed out.

The program is known as Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System, or ALIAS. It's funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and run by Aurora Flight Sciences, a contractor.

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