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US giant beats Tesla to autonomous vehicle success

17/12/2019

Technology US

Piper light aircraft coming into land

The launch of the first commercially available driverless car will no doubt spark major fanfare. This US tech giant has managed to successfully launch autonomous plane technology, but is still operating under the radar.


While most of the tech world trips over itself to become the first company to launch a commercial driverless car, Garmin (US: GRMN) is going one better. Its autonomous technology is being used in software which can safely fly and land a plane. The company has developed a system which can assess fuel, check distance, plot a route, alert aviation authorities and safely land a plane completely unaided. All that is needed is a push of a button.

The software will be installed in small, private aircraft so that it can be used by passengers if something happens to the pilot.…

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