Safer drones with collision avoidance


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Drone pilots are skilled aviators but even they struggle to see and avoid obstacles and aircraft when operating drones at extended range.


No pilot on board means low situational awareness. This risk is huge and the potential conflicts can be extremely dangerous.


Not being able to show adequate mitigation of operational risk means regulators are forced to limit drone uses and applications to closed environments.


Collision avoidance for commercial drones. Unlocking beyond visual line of sight.


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Educational Robotics, Iris, and You

A story about learning through teaching by Katie Widen Setting up my high school team’s robot (right) next to that year’s world champion (left). This game involved placing inner tubes on pegs, 2011. Imagine walking into a basketball stadium or a high school...

Day in the Life of Deputy Head of Flight Ops

Cheryl Contreras gives us a look into a typical day of field testing as the Deputy Head of Flight Operations at Iris Automation Helicopter ride home after a day of testing. I’ve worked at Iris for a year and a half, starting as a Flight Operations Technician and...


By Stephanie Lacy-Price People & Communications Specialist at Iris Automation From the Iris Culturebook, 2019. Finalizing our company values and building them into our culture is the work I’m most proud to have taken on during my time at Iris and has formed the...

Flight Simulator: Episode 1

By Eric SchaferSimulation Architect at Iris Automation Like human pilots, artificial intelligence autopilots practice not crashing in a simulator. Having transitioned from many years of movie visual effects (crashing encouraged) at Industrial Light & Magic to...

Diversity and Inclusion at Iris Automation: Q & A with the founders

CEO Alex Harmsen and CTO James Howard open up about D&I Iris team retreat, September 2018 What does diversity and inclusion mean to you? Alex: To me, the single largest contribution from diversity is creative thought. Very simply, without diversity in...

Iris Automation, Kansas DOT begin test flights for the Drone Integration Pilot Program

SALINA - The Kansas Department of Transportation is starting the testing phase of the Integration Pilot Program this week. Flights by Iris Automation will focus on enabling new detect and avoid capabilities for drones. Iris Automation will be testing its collision...

Iris Automation Selected for Half of Transport Canada’s BVLOS Proof of Concept Trials

Iris Automation, a global leader in collision avoidance technology for drones, will enable the new era of Canadian commercial drone operations through Transport Canada’s Beyond Visual Line of Sight Proof of Concept trials, putting new Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)...

Iris Automation Selects Robotic Skies for Aftermarket Installation and Maintenance Services

San Francisco – May 22nd, 2018: Iris Automation (, the leading provider of collision avoidance systems for commercial drones, today announced that it has selected Robotic Skies Inc. ( as an aftermarket installation and field...

Iris Automation Selected for White House Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program

  Washington, D.C. - May 9th, 2018: Iris Automation, the leading developer of collision avoidance technology for drones, will join the next era of American commercial drone operations through the White House Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program. On...

Iris Automation wins AUVSI’s Startup of the Year

[UPDATED: May 3rd, 2018] This month Iris was named Startup of the Year after competing as one of 5 finalists in the Startup Showdown at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL conference in Denver, Colorado. Each startup had 6 minutes to pitch their business to a panel of judges. Iris was...



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