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"Sensors do fail, but even when that happens, automated systems can be safer and more efficient than human pilots. As flight becomes more automated and increasingly reliant on sensors, it is imperative that flight systems cross-check data from different sensor types, to safeguard against otherwise potentially fatal sensor faults"  See full article here:  https://theconversation.com/too-many-airplane-systems-rely-on-too-few-sensors-114394

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Carlos Varela
Associate Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute