Air passengers wary of pilotless planes – even if they lead to lower fares

UBS survey finds more than half of people would refuse to travel in a fully automated aircraft, but says this may change over time

Pilotless planes will save airlines $35bn (£27bn) a year and could lead to substantial fare cuts – if passengers can stomach the idea of remote-controlled flying, according to new research.

Full-size cargo planes will be airborne without pilots by 2025, according to the report by investment bank UBS, but it predicts it will take until the middle of the century before passengers have enough confidence to board pilotless planes.

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