During the February Singapore Air Show, Rolls-Royce unveiled a new aircraft development concept called IntelligentEngine. It is a continuation of the TotalCare program and is designed to ultimately remove a person from the process of servicing motor systems. Teach motors to be smart enough to repair and upgrade themselves.
Rolls-Royce is in a hurry to warn: the implementation of the concept of IntelligentEngine "in metal" will not even begin in the near future. The task is too difficult for the current level of robotics and AI. But the organizational and informational components will begin to be worked out this year. More precisely, a detailed scheme of IntelligentEngine operation will be formed and presented within a year.
In short, the idea is to turn each individual motor into an analogue of a subject in the Internet of Things. He will be smart enough to engage not only in self-diagnostics, but also to compare data with statistics from other engines, to study the schedules of their repairs and operation in different regions and conditions. All motors will receive a simplified AI that can predict breakdowns in advance and take action.
If the aircraft engine knows that when flying to Kamchatka there is a 5% chance of getting into the pyroclastic cloud from a volcanic eruption, and his turbine blade has not been painted with an anti-corrosion compound for a long time, he will order the necessary service at the Melbourne airport. And he will not forget to issue a discount, according to all the rules. And after the flight, he will report on the Internet to his “colleagues” how everything went. This will save significant funds for its owners on repairs and diagnostics.