- Jun 29, 2022
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Category 3 automatic landing are possible, but account for less than 1% of all commercial flights. Most pilots agree that landing manually is easier and safer than monitoring the autopilot systems during the auto land stage of flight.Well, that’s not entirely correct - most large commercial airline pilots will switch on the autopilot literally seconds after calling, “Gear up”. These systems are designed to be left on during turbulence; they are exceptionally fault-tolerant because people will die if they are not. A lot of time, testing, and unfortunate accidents have paved the way for these systems to be remarkably reliable. It is rare that these systems will randomly disengage (RIP AF 447) or fail. It is a different story, however, on smaller planes where it can be safer to disengage the autopilot and manually fly.
And this is my beef with most automakers: they are treating software like a second-class citizen. Just look at all the software issues these newer vehicles have. They need to treat every aspect of their systems as life-and-death. I hope they’re not sitting there going, “Meh … if Super Cruise drives off a dock and kills a family of four … it’s just a family of four. It’s not like it’s a 737 or something.”
And my super cruise decided to only change half a lane the other day, throwing me back into the one I was departing. So there's that