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When

Holdo sacrificed her life by ramming the First Order capital ship with the Raddus (using the light-speed trick),

why didn't she use auto-pilot? Or use a droid?

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    She couldn't send a droid because the Resistance treat droids like people – Valorum Dec 20 '17 at 20:24
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    Fair comment. But you'd have thought that the rebels would have non-sentient no-brain droids (like toasters, washing machines or vacuum cleaners) who could work some levers after a certain time has passed. – squire55 Dec 20 '17 at 20:38
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    I think the bigger question is why didnt the first order see this obvious tactic - oh I dont know - at any point during the ships slow rotation? – Kai Qing Dec 20 '17 at 23:01
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    @T.E.D. very meta ! :) I'll join you and put my cynical hat on and say: This event was used by the screen-play writers to punish the toxic masculinity (alpha male, cocky, fly-boy) of poor Poe, by heaping the death of Holdo onto his shoulders. – squire55 Dec 21 '17 at 4:25
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    @squire55 - I've seen that said a lot. To me what it looks like they are doing instead is setting Poe up to be a leader in the next movie, by showing him learn some lessons the hard way. That makes sense. Promoting the guy (in the next movie I'm assuming) and saying nice things about him behind his back after he organized a mutiny that likely got quite a few people killed isn't exactly a very feminist message. – T.E.D. Dec 26 '17 at 20:47
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She didn't have time

By the time she decided to use The Raddus in a hyperspace kamikaze attack, the Resistance transports were already being wiped out. There would not have been time to set the auto-pilot and escape before more (perhaps all) of the transports were destroyed.

Before sacrificing herself, the point of staying behind was to ensure the First Order was distracted by the larger ship. The First Order might have noticed that the ship was on auto-pilot, but with a human pilot at the helm, she can navigate, make turns, and otherwise convince the First Order that The Resistance was still on board.

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    When she powers up the hyperspace engine and Hux is informed, he exclaims, "it's empty!". The First Order knew the Resistance was not on board. – Kyle Strand Jan 10 '18 at 16:09
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    @KyleStrand Only because DJ betrayed Finn and Rose by telling the First Order of the Resistance getting on transports. Without his betrayal, the bad guys would have been unaware of how empty the Raddus was – Karaelfte Mar 20 '18 at 16:22
  • @DuffautM By the time Holdo makes her decision, the First Order has already started firing on the transports, so it's clear that this answer's claim that she can "convince the First Order that The Resistance [is] still on board" isn't correct. – Kyle Strand Mar 20 '18 at 16:35
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    @KyleStrand I don't follow you. When Holdo decided to stay on board, the First Order did not notice the smaller transports getting away. There is a scene where we clearly see her alone on deck watching the Resistance fleeing with a smile on her face while the Raddus was the only target, showing that her plan worked. The next scene is the betrayal of DJ and a First Order officer claiming that after verifications, he was telling the truth. Next scene was the turbolaser aiming and shooting at the transports vessels and Holdo dropping her smile. – Karaelfte Mar 20 '18 at 16:45
  • @DuffautM You're right-- I didn't notice when responding to your comment that the second paragraph of this answer is talking about her decision to stay on board, not her decision to turn the ship around and jump to hyperspace. – Kyle Strand Mar 20 '18 at 17:39
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There were no transports left.

By the time the First Order stopped firing on the The Raddus and started destroying the smaller transports, there were no other transports aboard the cruiser because they had already been evacuated.

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    And no escape pods? – Valorum Dec 20 '17 at 22:53
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    Indeed. And surely these ships have sophisticated auto-pilots. Set ramming target to FO, then hop into an escape pod. – squire55 Dec 20 '17 at 23:59
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    @squire55 A sophisticated autopilot would not allow itself to be programmed to do something that would violate the precepts of being a good spacer, let alone something that would lead to the destruction of the ship. It simply wouldn't be an option in the software, because it isn't safe. – T.J.L. Jan 5 '18 at 16:44
  • @TJL Surely, "being a good spacer" is saving lives. In this example Holdo was. So a sophisticated auto-pilot ought to have special overrides. – squire55 Jan 6 '18 at 21:49
  • @squire55 No, in this example Holdo is ramming another vessel - she's taking lives, not saving them. – T.J.L. Mar 20 '18 at 15:20
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Maybe autopilots don't exist?

I say this because I'm pretty sure I recall a debate on the First Order bridge where someone says that there's no point paying attention to The Raddus because "there's only one person on board". How could they know that, if autopilots are a possibility (in universe)?

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    Scanning for signs of life? – TheLethalCarrot Jan 4 '18 at 10:12
  • @TheLethalCarrot, yeah, possibly. – Benjol Jan 5 '18 at 6:45
  • Before Holdo decides to turn the ship around, she's just walking around the bridge, not touching any of the controls. So clearly the ship can keep flying without a pilot physically piloting it. – Kyle Strand Mar 20 '18 at 17:40

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