Joby Aviationa California-based company developing electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL) for commercial passenger services, announced the acquisition of Avionyxan aerospace software engineering firm, on the businesstraverse.com Sessions: Mobility stage on Wednesday.
The companies have not disclosed the terms of the deal, but Joby did say it was an acquisition, meaning Avionyx’s staff will join Joby. It probably also means that this was a combination of stocks and shares.
Joby’s piloted five-seat eVTOL aircraft can carry four passengers at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, with a maximum range of 250 miles on a single charge, the company said.
By hiring Avionyx, a company with over 30 years of experience in the aerospace environment that has partnered with Joby since last year, Joby can do what many companies try to do: become vertically integrated.
Software verification is critical to meeting FAA regulations and standards because it allows engineers to review, analyze and test the software used on the aircraft, Joby said. It also ostensibly helps prevent vehicle accidents, such as the one currently under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board based on a Joby plane crash in February.
By not relying on third parties, Joby can also be more flexible in managing its platform, nimble to respond to challenges, and learn to adopt faster, according to the company.
Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk Aero, another eVTOL company focused on autonomous air operations, disagreed with Simi on stage at TC Sessions: Mobility about the benefits of vertical integration. market, so it looks like the game is on. However, since Wisk isn’t aiming for pilot rides, Gysin admitted that Joby’s plane will likely take to the skies before Wisk’s. Joby aims to share rides in the air by 2024.
Avionyx’s industry experience will help Joby advance his business at its Vehicle Software Integration Lab in Marina, California, where Joby uses flight and hardware simulators to quickly run thousands of pre-programmed tests to evaluate the performance of his various aircraft. validate and verify. software systems. The company said a similar facility will be set up in San Jose, Costa Rica, where Avionyx is from, to accelerate those software verification efforts.
In addition to supporting Joby’s FAA certification program, Avionyx, an AS-9100D certified supplier, will continue its work supporting the wider aviation community.