How Boeing Envisions the Future of Transportation – AINtv
with societal needs and expectations for travel rapidly changing leading companies are stepping up their investment in new technology to extend the boundaries of what's possible this is what's motivating the
BoeingGroup and its new
Boeingnext initiative this will see the aerospace group take on a holistic and in some cases unconventional approach to reimagining the
Transportationyou know when we think about life today the busy lives of people lead what you see happening is that time continues to increase in value and so therefore that when you think about that from a
transportationstandpoint is it is influencing how we look at how people and goods move so when you think you know that could mean in urban context or you know things closer to the ground how do we make traveling easier for people more efficient for people Reed not stuck in traffic all the time and then when you think about travel over long distances how can we go faster so to really recognize that increasing value of people's time that really is what's behind much of what we're thinking about in terms of our technologies for the
futurewe're looking at
transportationin a holistic method because especially for
transportationyou know as we think about it it's always going to be multimodal there's gonna be some days you can't fly because for whatever reason so therefore if you want to go you want to go from point A to point B or you want to move a package from...
point A to point B you're going to need multiple ways to do that so we're trying to take a holistic view of that obviously where our company comes into play is moving through the air we think moving more people and packages through the air is will free up constraints on a terrestrial infrastructure and will make travel more efficient so that's where we're focused but we also recognize that in a in an ecosystem around
futuremobility it's gonna be multimodal we're talking about you know with our announcement about
Boeingnext and really focusing on the ecosystem of this
futuremobility system it's going to be interconnected so there's going to be a communications and a networking infrastructure that needs to be there to support that ecosystem clearly you know when we have elements of that with our current air traffic management system but when we think about a lot more things in the air that's gonna have to change and evolve if we're going to maintain our levels of safety and integrity of that system so having that communications and networking infrastructure is going to be very important creating an environment in which more diverse modes of
transportationcan effectively and safely coexist is going to take fresh thinking the
BoeingNEX program includes a partnership with artificial intelligence specialists spark-ignition so we'll be looking at a
futureair traffic management system you know we're where vehicles are talking to...
each other talking to a network so people know where they are but you know so there's more where vehicles can deconflict themselves as opposed to needing a human to deconflict them because in a more complex that's where AI and and these technologies can really help deal with complexity you think about more things flying for either urban mobility moving people moving packages there will be an incremental approach to this because you know safety is going to remain at the top priority always it'll take as we introduce new flying vehicles to really understand their reliability their safety levels you know that takes hours of operation and experience so how do you mitigate that risk until you really feel like you've gained that experience and that those hours of operation to really understand the safety aspect these things and so you'll find ways to mitigate that with how you use these assets initially so the good news is you know we're not going to go from 0 to 10 million things in the air in one day in terms of long-haul air travel one of the biggest potential game changers is the prospect of hypersonic flights at five times the speed of sound in the last few weeks we rolled out a concept for a hypersonic airplane so Mach 5 airplane that's an interesting place to think about this obviously this is technology that's probably decades away but when you think about a Mach 5 airplane on some of these long routes and how many times a day I could turn...
the airplane it presents some intriguing some economic engineering we call it to see does that become the tipping point where this really becomes viable as a really commercial means of transport you know technologically there'll be some difficult problems there to solve but it might it presents some interesting economics as well so we're going to work start working through that once you've got a design that that physic that you know technically closes then you can start saying okay how do they what's the economics of that design and then I can say okay what does the design need to do so I am economically viable and can I alter the design to do that all this is prompting
Boeingto cast its net wider as it searches for the skills that will need to rise to the challenge of keeping
transportationin step with modern life when I speak to engineering students I say it really doesn't matter to me what your major is I think we've got a job for you I don't care whether you're a chemical engineer whether you're industrial engineer human factors engineer I'm sure we've got a job for you someplace because these are multidisciplinary problems and so you know if if you're a smart engineering student we want you to come work for the
BoeingCompany because these are gonna be very difficult problems that are multidisciplinary in nature we will find people that want to specialize in particular areas around propulsion or aerodynamics or you know...
whatever that might be but but we just want we need the brightest people in the world thinking about these things if you've enjoyed this video please give it a thumbs up share it and subscribe to our channel also visit AI and online.com and check out our e-newsletters for all the latest on the aviation industry