Boeing has signalled its support for the growth of the autonomous vehicle sector by funnelling cash into a new development centre.
The aeronautics specialist has today announced plans to open the new Boeing Aerospace & Autonomy Center in Cambridge, becoming the first major tenant of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) new mixed-use district in Kendall Square.
Under the agreement, Boeing will lease research and lab space inside a new 17-floor building. The new centre will house employees from Boeing and subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, who will focus on designing, building and flying autonomous aircraft and developing enabling technologies.
The investment in the new centre follows the recent creation of Boeing NeXt. This new organisation unites researchers and projects across the company to shape the future of travel and transport, including the development of a next-generation airspace management system to enable the safe coexistence of piloted and autonomous vehicles.
Employees at the centre will help develop new technologies in support of Boeing NeXt programs.
“Boeing is leading the development of new autonomous vehicles and future transportation systems that will bring flight closer to home,” said Greg Hyslop, Boeing’s chief technology officer.
“By investing in this new research facility, we are creating a hub where our engineers can collaborate with other Boeing engineers and research partners around the world and leverage the Cambridge innovation ecosystem.”