Boeing and SparkCognition have announced plans to launch SkyGrid, a new company that aims to “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 traffic routing, data analytics and cybersecurity features, SkyGrid’s platform will go beyond unmanned aircraft systems traffic management (UTM), according to the partners. The platform will enable SkyGrid customers to safely perform a range of missions and services using drones, including package delivery, industrial inspections and emergency assistance.
“The Boeing and SparkCognition partnership is unmatched in industry today,” says Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt. “SkyGrid is building the digital infrastructure that will make safe, seamless commercial and personal transport possible for billions of people around the world.”
“SkyGrid merges expertise in AI, blockchain, security and aviation to deliver breakthrough technological advancements for the rapidly growing urban aerial mobility industry,” adds Amir Husain, who will serve as CEO of SkyGrid, in addition to his role as founder and CEO of SparkCognition. “By offering scalable and robust capabilities in a single, integrated framework, SkyGrid will make large-scale air vehicle applications more practical and accessible.”