ONE SLICK CHOPPER

A sleek new helicopter design, called the FCX-001, was unveiled by Bell Helicopter at the Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. But isn’t meant to fly. Instead, it features several chunks of tech that will likely migrate into production models in coming years. Regardless of operational conditions, thanks to its augmented reality system supported by AI, the FCX-001 will be capable of controlling itself singlehandedly. This kind of technology allows the usual Multi Function Display to be replaced, thus allowing the aircraft to be supervised by one pilot with the AI in the co-pilot role. This key feature is a logical step towards achieving fully autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

Photography: Bell Helicopter