CNBC Upstart 100

Iris Automation

Founders: Alexander Harmsen (CEO), James Howard
Launched: 2015
Headquarters: San Francisco
Industries: Transportation and logistics, drones

Pictured above: Alexander Harmsen

Drone operation helping autonomous vehicles avoid obstacles and collisions from the sky
Iris Automation

Iris Automation is a safety avionics company building collision-avoidance systems for autonomous vehicles. Onboard a commercial drone packaged with aerospace-grade computer vision and AI, the company uses industrial cameras to find moving aircraft, observe and interpret the operational environment and reduce risks. Key investors include GGV Capital, as well as backing from Y Combinator.