Inside the touchscreen cockpit of the future

Touchscreen cockpit of the future

By 2030, enormous touchscreens will dominate aircraft cockpits - if one research group's vision of the future of aviation comes true.

This concept cockpit is a single touchscreen dashboard known as One Display for a Cockpit Interactive Solution (ODICIS).

This concept, on display at the Farnborough International Airshow this week, has been developed by a consortium of European companies and universities, led by French aerospace and defence firm Thales.

The system is able to reconfigure itself to show the information most relevant to the pilot at any given moment.

For instance, when the plane is taking off and landing, the pilot needs to know the status of the aircraft's slats and flaps. However for the rest of the flight this information is generally not useful, so the system can be configured to remove that data automatically when it is not needed.

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.