European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced the completion of the project the development of the visual system of the autopilot ATTOL intended for automatic control of the aircraft during taxiing on the airfield, takeoff and landing. The company announced that the results of the project will assess the applicability of the technology in real conditions.
Part of the modern developments in the field of aviation is aimed at reducing pilot workload. These technologies need to automate part of the action performed by the pilots, reducing the load on the crew. Some of these developments include the possibility of reducing the number of pilots from two to one.
Project development ATTOL was conducted over the last year. Details about the composition of the system the developers did not disclose. We only know that for control of the aircraft during taxiing, takeoff and landing uses the video from the external camera.
Video data is processed using neural network algorithms. Their training was used more than 450 recordings of various flights. Their neural network was trained to recognize airfields, light indication, marking. In total, the project ATTOL has been completed over 500 test flights airliner, the A350-1000 with the visual system of the autopilot.
The final series of tests took place in April 2020 in the Toulouse-Blagnac airport in the South of France. During these tests the plane made six flights, four of them with fully automatic take-off and five with fully automatic landing. During one of flight was also made fully automatic taxiing on the airfield.