The American company Reliable Robotics Corporation, a leader in the creation of automatic aircraft systems, has obtained financing of $100 million for the development of its technology that allows aircraft to be piloted remotely.
For the moment, the project is focused on cargo operations, significantly reducing the costliest aspect of this sector by eliminating the expense involved in hiring pilots for this purpose from the equation.
The technology developed by Reliable Robotics is intended to control the taxiing, take-off, landing, and parking of cargo aircraft which will be remotely monitored by certified pilots from a control center. In this way, the company intends to access thousands of underused airports and expand air transport options reaching all corners of the country.
Automated aircraft represent a great opportunity for the transformation of the industry since if at the moment it is only intended for cargo aviation, it will eventually be implemented in commercial aviation, helping to mobilize millions of passengers per year. However, to take this big step, some concerns will first have to be solved to establish a safe, flexible, and more efficient air service.
The capital raised in this round of investors will be used to support the first aircraft certification program, and accelerate the launch of cargo operations following the regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from who has received authorization to fly from manned aircraft.
The Series C round of financing, led by Coatue Management, is joined by existing investors Lightspeed, Eclipse, Pathbreaker, and Teamworthy, who have the common goal of bringing safety and reliability to today’s commercial aircraft using the best technological advances to this.