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Rolls-Royce Plans to Use Artificial Intelligence to Improve Engines

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Predicting engine performance is not an easy task, which is why many land and aerial vehicles fail to avoid collisions. The question is, then, can artificial intelligence (AI) make a difference in making sure vehicles are always safe where engines are concerned? Let’s take a look.

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Not too long ago, the British-based aero-engine maker, Rolls-Royce, announced that it has partnered with Uptake, an artificial intelligence software company based in Chicago, United States.

The idea is to have Uptake’s software spot operating problems in Rolls-Royce’s Trent engine fleet before things go awry. Indeed, this is great news, more so if things work as intended without too much human intervention.

Rolls-Royce’s Trent Engine Is Widely Used

For those who might be wondering, the Trent engine is used in Airbus SE’s Airbus SE’s latest A330neo widebody aircraft and Boeing Co’s 787 Dreamliner jets. The problem is, these aircraft have been experiencing engine mechanical problems for years, a problem that needs to end as soon as possible.

With the folks at Uptake on the job, Rolls-Royce will now have access to disparate datasets in the future which will allow engineers to gain greater insight into engine performance among other things.

“With industrial AI and machine learning techniques, we can increase the uptime of our engines and help customers extend the life and value of their critical assets,” according to Tom Palmer, the senior vice president of services for Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace business.

What Does This Mean for the Future of Vehicle Engines?

Should everything go according to plan, we suspect that all cars and other forms of vehicles will have software that monitors engine performance in a bid to avoid operational problems. If a problem arises, the software will likely force the engine to shut down until the issue is no more.

If this will help to decrease collisions and save lives in the long run, then we’re all up for it. The only major problem, then, is the security of the computer that powers the engine, but we’ll get to that when the time comes.

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