Honeywell Aerospace has created a new unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business unit to develop commercial drones.
Honeywell Aerospace develops hardware and software solutions for the industry, improving fuel efficiency, flight speed and safety.
Its products include aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems and mechanical components.
The company said that the new UAS branch of its business will focus on delivering such solutions to the drone industry.
In addition to innovating new solutions, Honeywell’s new drone arm will integrate its existing technology with drone technology.
The company said this could include aircraft systems such as avionics, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion and thermal management, flight services such as unmanned air traffic management, and ground operations services such as predictive aircraft maintenance analytics.
“We’re seeing the dawn of a new era in aviation, and Honeywell is at the forefront,” said Stéphane Fymat, vice president and general manager of the newly formed business.
“By forming this new organisation, we will be able to harness the power of our engineering resources and know-how to transform urban air taxis, drone delivery of parcels and all forms of autonomous flight from a future vision into an everyday reality.”