Automatic flying means that the aircraft flies along a fixed route and its respective flight path follows a flight plan. This has been practiced successfully and safely in aviation for many years. One can imagine such a route as the cable of a cable car. Autonomous flight would be quite different: here the aircraft selects the route on its own and needs to make safety-critical decisions in realtime. We know that there is currently a lot of talk about “self-driving cars”; the reality is, however, that the necessary technology (i.e. mainly artificial intelligence) will not be ready for a vehicle to make its own decisions for several more years if not decades.
This also applies to flying. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) assumes that autonomous flying will not be technically and regulatory feasible until well after 2030. FlyNow is sticking to what is actually technically feasible.