Pilots Build Trust for Autonomy Flights

Human and Machine Interactions

Source:  DARPA Supersonic Jet


DARPA and Sikorsky Autonomy Flights
The US Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, and Sikorsky are demonstrating ways for pilots to interact with autonomy.  The purpose is to help military pilots build trust and confidence in autonomous flight systems.  The progressive training is being performed in simulated military missions in Virginia. This will have eventual impact on commercial passenger flight too.

Building Pilot Trust for Autonomous Systems
This is part of DARPA's Aircrew Labor in-Crew Automation System (ALIAS) program.  DARPA believes that cockpit assistance builds pilots' trust in autonomy.  The October 2018 flights started introducing pilot inceptors as a way for them to interact with the autonomous system in addition to a tablet interface for interaction.  The pilot is in command and can choose to engage autonomy to help operate, plan, adjust or execute responsibilities to allow the pilot to fully focus on the specific mission.

Autonomy Kits
Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin Company. They with DARPA are working to improve and expland capabilities developed through a tailorable autonomy "kit" for installation in fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.  The purpose is to reduce pilot workload, increase mission performance, and improve aircraft safety and reliability.