So when are we going to see pilotless planes? We have the technology as they say. Insane? Not really. If you’d mentioned the idea on an elevator (passenger lift) without a human operative to someone in the 1920s they would probably have thought you were mad. Now we don’t give the idea a second thought.
We have UAVs (Unmanned Ariel Vehicles) already in warfare and I’d imagine pilotless cargo planes may be next. So how about a totally pilotless passenger jet by 2050? We could do this tomorrow if we wanted to.