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Boeing wants to build planes in the metaverse

by on20 December 2021


At least when they crash no one will die

In Boeing's factory of the future, immersive 3-D engineering designs will be twinned with robots that speak to each other, while mechanics around the world will be linked by $3,500 HoloLens headsets made by Microsoft.

Boeing's cunning plan is to unify sprawling design, production, and airline services operations under a single digital ecosystem -- in two years.

To be fair Boeing has made similar bold pledges on a digital revolution, with mixed results. But insiders say the overarching goals of improving quality and safety have taken on greater urgency and significance as the company tackles multiple threats.

Boeing needs to take steps to reassert its engineering dominance after the 737 MAX crisis, while laying the foundation for a future aircraft programme over the next decade.

It plans to spend $15 billion to prevent future manufacturing problems like the structural flaws that have waylaid its 787 Dreamliner over the past year.

Boeing's chief engineer, Greg Hyslop said: "We are talking about changing the way we work across the entire company."

 

Last modified on 20 December 2021
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