For more than 85 years, Bell has been a leader in the aerospace industry, developing vertical lift aircraft. Now they’re expanding on that legacy by developing aircraft that can take off, fly, and land autonomously as safely as with an experienced human pilot. AI is key to making that goal a reality.Explore Bell’s story
Today, technology is more important than ever for companies in the aerospace industry like Bell, where AI is an essential part of their future strategy. Bell is using AI not just in engineering applications for greater efficiency in design activities, but to enhance the safety and maneuverability of their products. AI also allows for development of products—like Autonomous Pod Transport—that were once the realm of science fiction.
For the Bell Innovation team, exploring “what if” scenarios means turning problems into technology projects. “We try to figure out if there are multiple ways to solve that problem,” says Jason Hurst, VP of Innovation at Bell. “What’s the best technology? We overlay those problems from one area of the company with problems from another area of the company and see where can we work on things that benefit everybody.”
AI in action
AI is an important part of Bell’s overall strategy to transition from aerospace manufacturer to a service provider and technology leader that’s revolutionizing flight. On Bell’s transition to tech company, Matt Holvey, Senior Manager of Intelligent Systems at Bell, says, “along with that comes the usual software and digital innovation implications.” The Bell Innovation team is exploring these implications, looking at the applications and benefits of tools such as AI across the company and industry.
Enhanced engineering and factories
Simulation and augmented reality
Autonomous flights and AI
Standards development for the industry
Revolutionizing the future of flight with AI
From logistics drones that are already in development, to futuristic travel innovations like air taxis, Bell is scaling AI innovation to fulfill their vision of autonomy in flight. Innovations the company is working to bring to reality include:
Autonomous flight operations
Driving air safety autonomously
Lift as a service
Integrating with other modes of transport
Learning from Bell
As Bell revolutionizes the future of flight with safe, autonomous vehicles, they’re applying AI in a way that delivers new ways to fly along with a new standard of safety and value in their industry.
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