The new Airbus A350 airliner performed a fully automatic landing using only data from external cameras. The tests became part of the Autonomous Taxi, Takeoff, and Landing (ATTOL) program aimed at improving the safety of air travel.
Aviation Week shared a video of the automatic landing of the A350-1000, based on visual data. The video below shows how the airliner lands at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. Tests were conducted in April 2020.
In total, four fully automatic takeoffs and five fully automatic landings were performed as part of the April tests. During them, the pilots were in the cockpit and could take control at any time.
The tests became part of the ambitious program ATTOL (Autonomous Taxi, Takeoff, and Landing), aimed at developing automatic taxiing, take-off, and landing. It is based on neural network algorithms that process data from video cameras. Details about the device systems Airbus does not disclose.
Recall that in January of this year it became known that Airbus tested the automatic take-off system. As during later tests, Europeans used the A350-1000.