Kitchener-based Clearpath, which builds autonomous vehicles for factories and industries like mining and defense, has found a new advisory board member in Brian McClendon, former VP of Google’s and Uber’s Mapping divisions.
McClendon will provide insight and expertise on mapping technologies to the company’s Otto Motors industrial division and its research solutions division. In October 2016, the company raised a $39 million Series B as it looked to bring its Otto vehicle to factories.
McClendon joins advisory board member and Tesla co founder Marc Tarpenning, who currently advises on electric vehicle technologies.
“It’s often overlooked, but self-driving vehicles rely upon digital mountains of very specialized mapping data in order to operate,” said Matt Rendall, CEO of Clearpath. “Brian is a visionary in the world of mapping technology. His expertise and mentorship will help us build truly world-class mapping technology and we could not be more excited to have him join us.”
McClendon will advise the team on mapping technologies, software architecture, and engineering leadership as they develop strategies for accurate, scalable mapping capability of the OTTO self-driving vehicle.
“What’s exciting to me about Clearpath is that they are building their mapping system and database from scratch,” said McClendon. “This presents a really exciting opportunity to innovate and guide the next generation of technology with the next generation of company.”
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