WATCH: Elbit Unveils System for Saving Pilots' Lives

Canary device monitors the pilot's physiological condition via head-mounted display, alerts pilot on health issues enabling pilot to react before losing consciousness.

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Elbit System's Canary device. Monitors pilots' physiological conditionCredit: Elbit Systems (Courtesy)

Elbit Systems on Monday unveiled technology that takes control of an aircraft if the pilot loses consciousness or can’t function. 

The company’s Canary device monitors the pilot’s physiological condition and in extreme cases, such as low-level of oxygen or loss of consciousness, will alert the pilot via his or her Helmet Mounted Display or onboard computer, enabling the pilot to react before losing consciousness or to put the aircraft on auto pilot, according to Elbit. ”Pilots may be exposed to life-threatening medical conditions during flight due to low levels of oxygen (known as hypoxia). 

Modern aircraft may cause G-induced loss of consciousness and other physiological conditions (extreme fatigue, dehydration, etc.), which are a common cause for accidents,” explained Yoram Shmuely, Elbit Aerospace Division’s general manager. 

“We believe that our new system will solve these problems and save pilots’ lives.” The system was developed using sensors technology developed by the Israeli startup LifeBeam.