Boeing has announced it will establish an Australia-based development program for autonomous technologies.
The company said Thursday the three-year program will be conducted in Queensland, and seeks to increase the autonomous capacities of both air and sea vehicles.
Chris Raymond, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s autonomous systems division, said the program is part of the company’s plan to accelerate development of commercial and military autonomous systems.
Under the program, Boeing will collaborate with Queensland-based firms to develop technologies that complement work done by Australia’s Trusted Autonomous Systems Defense Cooperative Research Center, said Shane Arnott, director at Boeing Phantom Works Australia.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk believes the program will support the area’s economy with the addition of 131 jobs.
The program follows Boeing’s previous partnership with Queensland on situational awareness systems.