Publicly, Airbus Group has embraced potentially disruptive technologies more aggressively than other major manufacturers. Its initiatives range from crowdsourcing cargo-drone designs to demonstrating hybrid-electric propulsion. The European giant has also established a Silicon Valley outpost charged with disrupting the company from the inside. Initial projects at A3 involve autonomy, and the first to break cover is Vahana—an electric-powered, self-flying, vertical-takeoff-and-landing ...

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