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Boeing invests in Kittyhawk drone software venture

Kittyhawk dashboard
Kittyhawk’s Web-based dashboard gives drone users an overview on operations. (Kittyhawk Graphic)

Boeing says its HorizonX venture capital arm is investing in Kittyhawk, a San Francisco startup that provides end-to-end software solutions for autonomous drone operations.

The investment is part of a $5 million seed round that was led by Bonfire Ventures with participation by Boeing HorizonX Ventures as well as Freestyle Capital and Kluz Ventures’ The Flying Object. Boeing didn’t disclose precisely how much it contributed to the round.

Boeing says Kittyhawk’s software will support the development of a traffic management system that allows piloted and autonomous vehicles to coexist safely.

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By Alan Boyle

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