Clobotics, a startup using robotics and artificial intelligence, has secured an eight-figure investment to strengthen its presence in the drone market.
The two-year-old company, with headquarters in Shanghai and Bellevue, has raised $11m (£8.5m) in a Series A round of funding and grown to nearly 80 employees.
Over the past 24 months, Clobotics has raised a total of $21m (£16.3m).
Now with the latest investment, the company plans to hire more employees, looking specifically for those with expertise in AI and working in the greater Seattle area.
The business deploys drones and other robotics to take precise photos for customers. For wind-power companies, a fleet of drones will survey wind turbine blades, snapping photos that look for weather damage that can weaken the blades.
The machines send the images back in real-time and Clobotics analyses the pictures using machine learning to detect problems much faster than a human inspector could.
Clobotics CEO, George Yan and his co-founders Claire Chen, Yan Ke and Zhao Li are all former Microsoft executives.