SAO PAULO, March 14 Brazil's Embraer SA
, the world's third-largest commercial planemaker,
announced on Tuesday it was establishing teams in Silicon Valley
and Boston to collaborate on research with startup companies,
investors, academics and others.
Embraer is also reinforcing its operations in Melbourne,
Florida, which build executive jets and will now contribute
directly to engineering departments based in Brazil.
Antonio Campello, Embraer's head of innovation, cited
technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual
reality and autonomous vehicles in a statement outlining the
program aimed at "transforming global air transportation."
Embraer is not the first international planemaker to seek
out new ideas and fresh talent in the land of U.S. tech giants.
In 2015, Airbus Group SE hired a former Google
executive to run an innovation center in Silicon Valley and a
set up a $150 million venture capital fund headed by a former
partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
The offices in the San Francisco and Boston areas will also
give Embraer better access to researchers at schools such as
Stanford, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
the world's three most innovative universities according to a
global ranking by Reuters.
(Reporting by Brad Haynes, editing by G Crosse)