In a new 81,000-square-foot Boeing facility in St. Charles, engineers and researchers are testing the abilities of collaborative drones developed by universities and businesses.
Developing unmanned vehicles that can work together on their own represents the latest in drone technology, a global industry that analysts predict could be worth $127 billion by 2020. Boeing is among the leaders in such research.
In the near future, drones could handle such complicated tasks as surveying natural disasters or conducting search and rescue missions. Although unmanned vehicles already can help people perform such jobs, military and business leaders hope drones will one day communicate with other machines to accomplish such missions more effectively.
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Correction: Aug. 10 at 12:45 p.m.
This story was updated to eliminate a reference to St. Charles as Boeing’s headquarters. The company is headquartered in Chicago.