Pibot, the robot that will soon be piloting our planes

Thanks to advances in AI, Pibot can take control of any device. Its capabilities could revolutionize the future of air travel.

No more strikes and salary negotiations with pilots within the airlines. Korean scientists from Kaist (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) have developed Pibot, a humanoid robot capable of piloting an aircraft in all circumstances.

In addition to its cognitive abilities, which are necessarily better than those of humans – “it can memorize all the air navigation charts in the world, which is impossible for a human pilot”, explains Professor David Shim, the leader of the project – Pibot. he also impresses with his technical skills. His mechanical articulators allow him to manipulate device controls with dexterity equivalent to or even better than humans. “Despite strong destabilizing turbulence, it maintains control of the aircraft calmly and accurately,” emphasizes David Shim.

A robot capable of controlling all phases of flight

Capable of integrating complex flight manuals and emergency protocols, interpreting information from thousands of aircraft sensors, Pibot constantly analyzes the aircraft environment and makes optimal decisions in real time. His exhaustive knowledge enables him to navigate flawlessly and gives him the ability to respond instantly to any unforeseen situation… without hesitation, fatigue or human forgetfulness.

During the tests, for now on the simulator, the robot pilot shone in all phases of the flight: takeoff, navigation and landing were smooth and flawless. Unlike current autopilots designed for one aircraft model, Pibot can be adapted to any type of aircraft. “You have to teach him a new configuration to fly the new plane,” David Shim continues. An obvious advantage for companies with a diverse fleet. Thanks to advances in LLMs (large language models) such as ChatGPT, its adaptability is not limited to piloting. His communication ability also allows him to communicate with air traffic controllers and ground staff.

Pivot in numbers

160 cm tall
65 kg
Commissioned in 2026
50% of major aviation accidents are related to the human factor

In the first civilian phase, we envision replacing the co-pilot, who leaves the captain alone, with this personal assistant who could take over in the event of a serious incident. But first, the army will test it in real conditions for dangerous missions, such as aerial suppression of anti-missile defense. Before low-cost companies, probably seduced by operational savings, succumb to temptation. Who will be willing to board a plane piloted by Pibot when the ticket is 50% cheaper?

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