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Boeing focuses on drones and its ‘NeXt’ steps

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Artwork lays out a concept for a traffic management system that would allow drones to share the skies with each other as well as larger aircraft. (NASA Illustration)

Boeing says it’s aiming to create a traffic management system for drones that makes use of artificial intelligence, blockchain technology — and one of the companies in its investment portfolio.

SparkCognition will be Boeing’s partner in the traffic management project. Last year, the Texas-based AI company benefited from a $32.5 million investment round that included funding from Boeing HorizonX Ventures.

Boeing is also creating a new business group, known as Boeing NeXt, to leverage the company’s research and development activities and investments in areas such as autonomous flight, smart cities, advanced propulsion and other parts of the wider transportation ecosystem.

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By Alan Boyle

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