Fueling a wave of new aviation disruptors, ride sharing company Uber and the venture arms of Boeing, Airbus and others, envision a new means of air transportation that will save people time and reduce fossil fuel use. These Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) and light aircraft start-ups seek the advantage of delivering their prototype first to market. To do they seek access to the latest tools and processes that support lean ways of working. Savvy companies that shorten time to prototype and optimize production to build products right the first time will have the advantage.
“Electric aircraft will have a transformative impact on the 21st century. We are developing an electric autonomous vertical takeoff and landing vehicle that will make commuting fast and enjoyable,” said JoBen BeVirt, Founder, Joby Aviation. “A cloud-based solution affords our company access to the same tools used by much larger OEMs. We also add capabilities as our needs change. With Dassault Systèmes’ ‘Reinvent the Sky,’ our focus is on developing the best prototype possible, not on managing IT hardware.”
Virtual universes are offering new ways to invent, learn and produce that extend the concept of mobility beyond the automotive sector. In aviation, they lower the barriers to market entry for smaller innovators creating autonomous electric flying taxis, delivery drones and other sustainable air mobility solutions for passengers, goods and smart cities. “Reinvent the Sky” cuts the development time of a first prototype in half while minimizing costs. These are key factors in accelerating the overall innovation process to deliver a product to market.