We are leaders in a movement that is bigger than ourselves. We enable new business by creating better technology the open source way, and by connecting the community of developers, contributors, and companies.
In 2008 our founder created PX4 and Pixhawk, the most widely adopted permissive open source projects in the drone industry.
Today, we are the largest contributor to PX4 and the software platform powers consumer, commercial, and industrial drones of every type, from multicopters to VTOLs.
Meet Our Founders
Lorenz Meier holds a Ph.D. on drone software architecture from ETH Zurich. He has worked on open source software for drones since 2008. In 2011 he created PX4, the autopilot for autonomous drones, and released it as open source. Lorenz is also the creator of several industry standards, including Pixhawk, MAVLink, and QGroundControl. Throughout his career, Lorenz received numerous awards for his work, and in 2017 he was nominated MIT 35 Innovators under 35 for PX4 by MIT Technology Review.
Kevin Sartori had his first touch point with the drone industry in 2008, when he was researching optimal control algorithms as part of the early Pixhawk team at ETH Zurich. Kevin worked at BCG as a strategy consultant in Zurich and, in 2014, he moved to the Bay Area and joined 3DR as Senior Product Marketing Manager for Site Scan. Kevin holds a Master in Robotics from ETH Zurich and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
Auterion and Open Source
We believe in the power of open source to build better software, align on common standards, and democratize the industry. Auterion could not exist without a global community of developers and contributors that believe in transparency of code and knowledge sharing.
We are committed to creating open source software, refining it, and certifying it for reliability. We contribute our improvements upstream to the community and bring them to businesses.
There are important challenges that today’s market leader will encounter as they attempt to meet the diverse needs of the global drone marketplace. Auterion, with its open software platform, is well positioned to dynamically respond to the wide range of solutions required for commercial and defense applications.
At PrecisionHawk it is essential for us to support a diverse range of drones and drone technologies for mission-critical applications. The Auterion platform, with its roots in open source and flexible interfaces combined with enterprise-class services, is a perfect fit that helps us double-down on our growth plans.
Every successful open source ecosystem needs enterprise software vendors to make the work of the community accessible to the industry. The creation of Auterion shows that the Dronecode Project is mature and PX4 is ready for the enterprise.
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. Auterion’s open source, community-inclusive approach and customer-focused enterprise productization 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.