Many people are willing to sacrifice many comfort points such as leg room just to get a cheaper ticket for their flight. However, they are also distrusting pilotless planes even though they might offer safer conditions than their versions with humans in charge. Swiss bank UBS backed this claim through a survey that took the pulse of the likelihood such technology has to become a great success.
People Aged 25-34 Were Most Confident in the Potential of Pilotless Planes
Swiss bank UBS has finished analyzing responses it got from 8,000 participants to a recent survey. More than half of them answered that they are definitely not ready to entrust robots with their lives especially if they are above ground by a lot. Even the cheap flight tickets couldn’t persuade them to change their mind.
On the other hand, only 17% of them claimed that they are willing to take a plane without a crew whenever they need. However, the rates changed when researchers focused on specific age groups. For instance, 27% of those with ages between 18 and 24 answered that they embrace the idea of pilotless planes. The percentage rose higher to 31% when the group aged 25-34 answered this question.
The United States Was the Most Broad-Minded Country Regarding This Controversial Topic
The popularity votes also varied in relation to the cultural background respondents had. For instance, German and French people were the least likely to board a plane without a human at the command. On the other hand, the United States proved to be the most broad-minded nation and ready to adopt these new trends in technology.
The Swiss bank analyzed the perks of activating such planes on the market, and they found that there were plenty of them. As far as the costs are concerned, the companies could be able to save at least $30 billion each year. The Europeans will gain a 4% ticket discount while U.S. will have 11% cheaper plane tickets. On top of such economy-wise benefits, the air transportation will also get safer than in today’s world.
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