Embraer announced a wide range of new technology partnerships with global companies focused on advanced technologies in the field of autonomous systems. These agreements are part of the EASy project, the Embraer Autonomous System project, which uses agile experimentation processes for the development of cutting-edge solutions that will enable the autonomous aviation of the future.
American companies Near Earth Autonomy, Iris Automation and Ansys, as well as Swiss company Daedalean and Brazilian company Motora.ai, are working with Embraer to accelerate the creation of innovative technologies and transform the air mobility of tomorrow, in line with the strategy of Embraer to build strong partnerships in the global innovation ecosystem. The companies will work together in an open innovation approach to develop and evaluate several new autonomous flight technologies, both in simulation and in real flight conditions.
“We have worked intensely to co-create the aviation of the future in broader collaboration with key technology partners,” said Maurilio Albanese Novaes Junior, Head of Research and Technology. “We are pleased that Near Earth Autonomy, Iris Automation and Daedalean contribute with their unique knowledge and experience in autonomous flight, as well as Ansys with its physics-based sensor simulation and expertise, as well as Motora.ai who brings agile and flexible software integration to add value to our development project.
This joint work will enable Embraer to develop innovative new products in line with the company’s ongoing search for an efficient and sustainable future, such as the eVTOL (electric vertical landing and take-off aircraft) developed by Eve, the company of Embraer’s urban air mobility.
Eve and Acciona enter into a strategic partnership
Eve UAM, LLC, an Embraer company, and Acciona, a global leader in providing regenerative solutions for a low-carbon economy, today announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the development of a global and sustainable urban air mobility ecosystem . Under the terms of the partnership, upon completion of Eve’s business combination with Zanite Acquisition Corp., Acciona will invest US$30 million and join the group of strategic investors currently supporting Eve’s development and plan. business. As part of this agreement, José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman and CEO of Acciona, will become one of seven members of the Board of Directors following Eve’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which is expected to have take place in the second quarter of 2022.
“Whether we like it or not, the world’s population is increasingly concentrated in large cities. Keeping the climate footprint of these urban areas at bay is one of the biggest challenges in the decarbonization process that we are all engaged in,” said Entrecanales. “Urban air transport models like the one proposed by Eve can be very useful for considering different sustainable mobility solutions. Participating in a project as innovative as Eve will allow us to continue to move forward in this direction.
“Our agreement with Acciona reinforces Eve’s commitment to providing a sustainable UAM ecosystem, which not only includes our zero-emission eVTOL – electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle – but also the green infrastructure that will support this new mode. Its ability to build this infrastructure, added to its best sustainability credentials, brings to the company essential skills and expertise that will help us maintain our distinction in the market,” said André Stein, co -CEO of Eve.
The partnership will also benefit new industry initiatives in the development of a sustainable UAM ecosystem, including vertiports, power purchase agreements, battery charging solutions and material handling. In 2021, 93% of Acciona Group investments were aligned with the European Union taxonomy for sustainable activities. The company avoided the emission of 13.4 million tons of CO2 (+1.5%) during the year, finishing that year as the most sustainable electricity company in Spain and the second most sustainable in the world, according to the Sustainability Yearbook 2022 published by S&P Global.
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