The cargo air vehicle (CAV) is created to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications, Boeing said.
David Neely of Boeing Research & Technology said that the drone would eventually be able to deliver up to 227 kilograms of cargo within a fifteen- to thirty-kilometer radius, adding that it could, "change the way we deliver goods".
Powered by an environmentally-friendly electric propulsion system, the CAV prototype is outfitted with eight counter rotating blades allowing for vertical flight. It's 15 feet long (4.57 meters), 18 feet wide (5.49 meters) and 4 feet tall.
Boeing this week showcased its new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing cargo air vehicle that can carry a payload of up to 500 pounds.
Commenting on the development, Boeing chief technology officer Greg Hyslop told The Verge: "This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy. We'll look back on this day as a major step in that journey".
Chicago-based Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.
"Our new CAV prototype builds on Boeing's existing unmanned systems capabilities and presents new possibilities for autonomous cargo delivery, logistics and other transportation applications", said Steve Nordlund, VP of Boeing HorizonX - the manufacturer's venture arm.
The aerospace company intends to use the prototype as a "flying test bed" to further develop and "mature the building blocks of autonomous technology for future applications". However, that's not too unsurprising, given it's unlikely Boeing will mass produce this particular drone.
Boeing said that it drew on expertise from across the areas of aviation it covers to rush the drone from concept to flight in only three months.