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Databases are highly optimized complex systems with a multitude of configuration options. Especially in cloud scenarios with thousands of database deployments, determining optimized database configurations in an automated fashion is of increasing importance for database providers. At the same time, due to increased system complexity, it becomes more challenging to identify well-performing configurations. Therefore, research interest in autonomous or self-driving database systems has increased enormously in recent years. Such systems promise both performance improvements and cost reductions. In the literature, various fully or partially autonomous optimization mechanisms exist that optimize single aspects, e.g., index selection. However, database administrators and developers often distrust autonomous approaches, and there is a lack of practical experimentation opportunities that could create a better understanding. Moreover, the interplay of different autonomous mechanisms under complex workloads remains an open question. The presented cockpit enables an interactive assessment of the impact of autonomous components for database systems by comparing (autonomous) systems with different configurations side by side. Thereby, the cockpit enables users to build trust in autonomous solutions by experimenting with such technologies and observing their effects in practice.