Technology is growing so fast it’s like we’re living in a real Sci-Fi film. And with AI taking over the travel industry at airports, what we once thought was impossible has become a reality.
From facial recognition technology and touch-screen windows to robot flight attendants and electric airplanes—travel is changing to make our lives easier, more secure and comfortable.
Here are our favorite and most recent future aviation technology ideas we’re excited to see come to life:
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(Video source: Zodiac Aerospace)
Just last week, an announcement was made about a new partnership between Zodiac Aerospace and Airbus, where the two aviation giants would be creating sleeping sections in the cargo area for travelers.
The idea is that the cargo space would be interchangeable, allowing containers with cargo to be swapped out with the sleeping modules in time for the next flight. But these sleeper sections are not only for laying your head down. Depending on what the airline wants, the space can also be used as a first class dining area or even conference rooms.
Currently, there are secret cabins for crew members, which are equipped with beds and a lavatory. As a result, these sleeper modules are not unheard of—they are the next step in travel comfort.
Entertainment systems are pretty much a godsend. Without them, we would be bored for hours, especially on flights that span more than five hours. But our entertainment doesn’t stop there.
A company called Vision Systems has devised a touch-screen window that can be used to play games with other passengers, get up-to-date news information, surf the internet and so much more. Although this is still in phase one, it may soon be more than just a plan.
Brilliant? Terrible? You decide.
We already have electric cars, so why not airplanes? A company in Slovenia named Pipistrel developed an electric aircraft that is being produced in Australia. This plane can seat two passengers, hold up to 441 pounds of weight, and fly for 1.5 hours.
Compared to a similarly sized aircraft that runs on fuel, this electric plane is a lot quieter and cheaper to maintain. Plus, the battery can charge quickly, and can easily be switched out with a fully-charged one if the timing is a concern, making it very effective to operate.
Airbus is also looking to build an electric aircraft, but it may take a little time as commercial aircraft are much larger and carry more weight onboard than smaller planes.
Would you be willing to fly on a battery-operated plane?