Airbus aircraft are about to get a whole lot smarter.
The aviation company announced on Wednesday that it has begun in-flight trials of its newest cabin technology, which connects passengers and crew to elements of the plane including the seats, cargo, and even the lavatories.
Airbus first unveiled plans for its Connected Experience at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Expo last year. The Internet of Things (IoT) platform links real-time information from cabin components, including the meal trolleys and overhead bins, to crews and passengers aboard the flight in order to create a more personalized — and digitally traceable — experience.
According to a company press release, the data consolidated from the platform will be uploaded to the “Skywise” cloud service, an open data platform developed by Airbus for the aviation industry.