iris droneIris Automation, a recent graduate of the Y­Combinator startup accelerator program, today announced that it has raised $1.5 million USD to commercialize a Sense & Avoid system that will unlock the industrial drone industry by allowing the drones to finally fly autonomously. The system provides real­time situational awareness using computer vision and deep learning, allowing the drones to avoid collision in­flight. The company is backed by notable investors including Social Capital, GGV, Bee Partners, Liquid 2, Kevin Moore, and Paul Buchheit. Iris Automation has also launched its early adopter program for selected companies (our website link here), allowing them to gain early access to the technology before it reaches the open m arket.  Read More