Boeing has announced it is collaborating with artificial intelligence technology leader, SparkCognition, to deliver unmanned aircraft system traffic management (UTM) solutions.
Boeing and SparkCognition will use artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to track unmanned air vehicles in flight and allocate traffic corridors and routes to ensure safe, secure transportation.
Through the collaboration, they will also provide a standardised programming interface to support package delivery, industrial inspection and other commercial applications.
Boeing HorizonX Ventures previously invested in SparkCognition to support its development of a cognitive, data-driven analytics platform for the safety, security and reliability of data technology.
To help advance UTM and next-generation travel, and evolve the transportation ecosystem, Boeing is starting up a new organisation, Boeing NeXt.
It will leverage Boeing’s research and development activities and investments in areas such as autonomous flight and advanced propulsion, as well as focus on modelling smart cities and exploring new market opportunities to solve for the transportation challenges of the future.
“We’re at a point in history where technological advances and societal trends are converging to demand bold solutions and a different way to travel,” said Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief technology officer.
“Boeing has the experience and expertise to safely and efficiently shape this emerging world of travel and transport. Through Boeing NeXt, we intend to build on our legacy of opening up new frontiers to move people and goods with proven technologies.”
The Boeing NeXt portfolio will include the recently unveiled passenger-carrying hypersonic concept, as well as electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles that will provide on-demand cargo transport and urban air travel in the future mobility ecosystem.