New device enables jet to take over if pilot passes out

Elbit Systems announced on Monday a new physiological monitoring device for air force pilots, which enables the jet’s on-board computer to switch to autopilot if the human pilot suffers hypoxia (lack of oxygen) or loss of consciousness.

The new system, called Canary, monitors the pilot’s vital signs and physiological functions, and issues real-time alerts on the pilot’s Helmet Mounted Display, or through the plane mission computer, if it detects the onset of problems.

In extreme, life threatening cases, when the pilot can no longer control the aircraft, Canary will "facilitate recovery of the pilot and the aircraft by engaging the auto pilot," Elbit said.


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