Auterion, an open source drone software company, has launched its enterprise drone operating system.
The company raised $10m (£7.8m) in seed funding from Lakestar, Mosaic Ventures, Costanoa Ventures, and Tectonic Ventures, to scale operations and speed up development of its platform.
The operating system enables manufacturers to build their products on global safe standards using common infrastructure.
The Auterion cloud also enables drone service providers to monitor devices and support a diverse range of drones and drone technologies for mission-critical applications.
Following the investment, Auterion will continue to work in close alignment with the PX4 community in order to bring the technology to enterprise.
Commercial use cases for drones and autonomous robots range from survey and mapping, asset inspection, search and rescue, public safety and agriculture.
To improve levels of integration between products, Auterion also works in close collaboration with other Dronecode members including 3D Robotics, Airmap, ARM, Intel, NXP, Sony, STMicroelectronics, and Trimble.
Founder of Costanoa Ventures, Greg Sands, said: “With the US being one of the largest commercial drone markets, it was important for Costanoa Ventures to find the right partner to accelerate the transformation that autonomy will bring to the US market.
He added: “Auterion’s open source, community-inclusive approach and customer-focused enterprise productisation is world-class. Feedback from those in the ecosystem has been stellar and we expect them to continue to be a shining light in the industry.”