The Military May Have Self-Flying Jets Before Autonomous Land Vehicles
Self-piloting jets may be coming to the military before it can get self-driving vehicles on the ground.By Ben Lawson | March 31, 2016
A U.S. Department of Defense official says the military will likely start using autonomous jets long before it puts self-driving vehicles on the ground.
The U.S. Air Force's "loyal wingman" program has already been experimenting with turning F-16 fighter jets into unmanned systems with some autonomy.
This would be a big leap ahead of the drones the military already uses. Those require remote operators to fly, while an autonomous jet would be able to fly itself at times with no human instruction.