Mike Sinnett at the A4E CEO Forum in Brussels

Mike Sinnett at the A4E CEO Forum in Brussels

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Investing in autonomous systems capabilities is key

Boeing continues to pioneer and integrate autonomous technologies from the seabed to space – setting a new standard for safe, successful missions that amplify human capabilities and revolutionize how we connect, protect, and explore our world.

Boeing already integrates autonomous technologies across commercial and defence platforms to make systems more collaborate and efficient. Mike Sinnett, Vice President for Product Strategy and Future Airplane Development at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, explained Boeing’s view on future autonomous capabilities at the A4E Forum in Brussels: “We are investing in autonomous systems capabilities, gaining valuable experience with unmanned air vehicles, spacecraft, and maritime surface and undersea systems.”

Autonomous capabilities such as autopilot, autoland, thrust management, systems monitoring, and other technologies enhance airplane safety and performance. Today’s 787 captures 10,000 data parameters for monitoring systems, which reduce flight delays and cancellations caused by unexpected maintenance issues.

With an increasing demand for over 600.000 pilots over the next 20 years, Boeing is studying autonomy as one possible solution to meet these needs. “Boeing is not looking to remove pilots from the cockpit. This is preliminary research to ensure that future airplanes and the aviation system maintain the same level of safety and integrity present in the industry today,” said Sinnett.

Find out more about Boeing’s investments in autonomous systems capabilities: