Boeing and SparkCognition to launch joint venture SkyGrid

1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineNovember 26, 2018

Boeing and SparkCognition have announced plans to launch SkyGrid, a new company that will enable the future of urban aerial mobility. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid will develop a software platform to ensure the safe, secure integration of autonomous cargo and passenger air vehicles in the global airspace.

Using blockchain technology, AI-enabled dynamic traffic routing, data analytics and cybersecurity features, SkyGrid‘s platform will go beyond unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM). The platform will enable SkyGrid customers to safely perform a broad range of missions and services using UAS, including package delivery, industrial inspections and emergency assistance.

Boeing NeXt vice president and general manager Steve Nordlund said the Boeing and SparkCognition partnership was unmatched in industry today.

“SkyGrid is building the digital infrastructure that will make safe, seamless commercial and personal transport possible for billions of people around the world.”

Amir Husain, who will serve as CEO of SkyGrid in addition to his role as founder and CEO of SparkCognition, said SkyGrid merges expertise in AI, blockchain, security and aviation to deliver breakthrough technological advancements for the rapidly growing urban aerial mobility industry.

“By offering scalable and robust capabilities in a single, integrated framework, SkyGrid will make large-scale air vehicle applications more practical and accessible.”

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