Boeing’s largest autonomous systems development program outside of the US following will be established in Queensland following a new partnership agreement with the State Government.
Over the next three years, the rapid innovation program will see Boeing develop next-generation autonomous systems capability in country to increase the independent operation of air and sea vehicles.
Chris Raymond, Boeing vice president and general manager, Autonomous Systems, said the Queensland program formed part of Boeing’s global growth strategy to accelerate game-changing autonomous technology for commercial and defence systems.
“As autonomy becomes increasingly common, Boeing will continue to pioneer autonomous technologies from seabed to space – setting a new standard for safe, successful missions that amplify human capabilities.”
Shane Arnott, local director, Boeing Phantom Works International, said the Government’s clear vision to invest in cutting-edge industries is backed by a progressive air space regulator, the state’s innovation culture and a talented network of local suppliers which creates an ideal environment to innovate and experiment with autonomous vehicles and the systems and sensors that drive them.
“Boeing will work with small-to-medium sized Queensland businesses to develop transformative ‘brain-on-board’ technology. Our program will complement the work undertaken by the Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre, taking research outcomes and developing them into exportable commercial products for the global autonomous market.”
Boeing’s first Advance Queensland partnership with the State Government has been successful and the broad area UAS situational awareness system developed in partnership with Queensland businesses was exported to the US in late 2017 and successfully completed its first flight test in Mississippi on January 2018.