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Boeing prepares for flying taxis and drone-heavy future with repair centre investment

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Boeing's prototype autonomous passenger air vehicle (Credit: Boeing)
Boeing's prototype autonomous passenger air vehicle (Credit: Boeing)

Boeing has taken a step to secure future drone operations and urban air mobility by investing in a company that provides a global network of repair centres.

The world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing is developing an autonomous electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle, commonly known as an air or flying taxi. Today (4 June), it announced an investment in Robotic Skies.

The start-up promotes itself as the only global network of certified unmanned aerial vehicle maintenance centres. It reportedly has more than 170 repair stations across more than 40 countries, providing MRO – maintenance, repair and operations – and support services for commercial drones.

“Access to safe, reliable maintenance will support commercial operations and urban mobility efforts,” a Boeing announcement said.

 “With safety as a cornerstone, we are shaping a robust operational ecosystem for on-demand mobility that supports the future of aircraft, air vehicles and autonomous systems,” said Brian Schettler, managing director for Boeing HorizonX Ventures.

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