Pilots could get software assist in low-visibility landings (video)

New technology combines infrared imaging with 3D ground-terrain mapping to give pilots a clearer view of runways from the cockpit.

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will soon be heading to the airport, crossing our fingers that our flight home to our family won't be delayed because of bad weather.

But new technology for airline pilots could someday soon mean fewer such delays. Honeywell is developing software that combines infrared imaging with real-time 3D ground-terrain mapping, giving pilots a more natural, "out the window" view of the runway below, even in poor visibility. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das gets a demonstration of the technology from Honeywell chief test pilot Jary Engels.

This video originally appeared on SmartPlanet with the headline "Cockpit software helps pilots land in bad weather."

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