Aviation takes a new direction with artificial intelligence

SANTIAGO.- A long flight may not be a pleasant experience for many people, however, the support of the technology and the new implements on board can make this moment much more pleasant. This is why several airlines have already included some tools to improve the trip.

The technological advance, both in terms of comfort and entertainment on board, has allowed, for example, the inclusion of WiFi networks throughout the flights. This connectivity, which initially was limited, has gradually begun to reach all kinds of service and more and more airlines.

Some companies offer a service paid for on-board data packets so that users can access their emails or social networks during the trip. Others, on the other hand, have systems that allow access to closed networks to watch entertainment content -like movies or television series- through laptops or tablets belonging to each user.

In this aspect, virtual reality still has a lot to say. A French-American start-up called "SkyLights" has started to make partnerships with different airlines to deliver an on-board entertainment system in a much more novel way than the screens in front of each seat.

With a VR viewer - leased to each passenger for 16 dollars - it is possible to access a catalog of films in two and three dimensions to enjoy during the trip.

Another aspect that airlines have tried to achieve over the years is the ability to perform flights in a shorter time than is currently possible. The well-known "supersonic" flights.

After the accident in 2000 with an AirFrance aircraft that left more than 100 people dead, not much progress has been made in this matter.

However, recently, Virgin Galactic has made a commercial partnership with Boom Technology for the development of an aircraft that is capable of traveling at twice the speed of most current aircraft.

The comfort, in the seat and the bathroom
During the trip, the use of the bathrooms can complicate more than one person, especially after a few hours on board the plane. This is why Boeing, the renowned aircraft manufacturer, has designed a bathroom capable of "self-cleaning" after each use.

With the integration of ultraviolet lights, the small room eliminates 99.9% of the bacteria. This process occurs in only three seconds after a passenger leaves the bathroom. In addition, Boeing integrated "hands-free" controls for all tools in the bathroom, so from the opening of the toilet, to washing hands, users should not touch anything inside the room.

Another discomfort that passengers usually suffer on board an airplane is the variation in temperature. Either because the air conditioning is too cold or the heating is very hot, taking off and putting on blankets and vests is often the problem for many people.

Because of this, some companies have begun to develop acclimatable seats for airplanes. The same ones that are currently found in some vehicles have begun to take the aircraft to improve the stay in the air during long trips, and ensure a nap with the exact temperature for each person.

A truly "Premium" flight

For those seeking comfort and a unique experience, companies such as Virgin Atlantic have integrated special lights into their cabins that not only change with the mood of the passengers, but are also capable of integrating landscapes and special images of the destination of the flight.

In this way, an ambience is achieved with the place that will be reached from before and, for those who were still resting, a much more gradual return.

Another novelty on board an airplane are the customizable booths for the executive service class. The designers of PriestmanGoode cabins have started to work together with some airlines for customizable distributions. These are modular spaces so that companies can adapt them to the requests of each user.


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