Our mission is to digitize the world’s critical infrastructure, improving inspections and ultimately making structures safer for inspectors and the general public.


PRENAV was founded in October 2013 by Asa Hammond and Nathan Schuett. At the time, the two were working together as freelance robotics contractors for Google and Hollywood (Asa helped develop the robotic camera system that filmed the Oscar-winning movie Gravity). Their founding insight was to combine terrestrial LiDAR with drones in order to enable new applications in the commercial drone industry, specifically around automated flight in GPS-denied environments for infrastructure inspection.

In the U.S. and around the world, infrastructure is reaching a breaking point with an estimated $2 trillion funding gap over the next 10 years according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. Current inspection methods for large structures involve climbers on ropes or scaffolding, and as a result are slow, expensive, and dangerous.

PRENAV’s vision is to leverage drones, LiDAR, and analytics to automatically identify damage in structures like cracks and corrosion. PRENAV has assembled one of the top robotics teams in the world, with experts in computer vision, deep learning, mechanical engineering, aeronautics, embedded systems, and software development.

In our short history, we’ve inspected bridges, dams, and cell towers, and we even completed the first ever automated flights inside a functional nuclear reactor. And we’re only just getting started... 


05/20/2019 - Here's Why Energy Companies Are Adopting AI - GreenBiz

03/15/2019 - 8 GPU-powered startups on display at Nvidia’s GTC event - VentureBeat

02/21/2019 - 7 Industry-Shaking AI Startups You Should Know - Forbes

02/15/2019 - GPU Powered: 8 Startups You Won’t Want to Miss at GTC - NVIDIA

11/09/2017 - DOCOMO to Use Drones for Safe, Efficient Inspection of Infrastructure - NTT DOCOMO

08/24/2017 -  Tanzania taps California’s Zipline to build ‘world’s largest drone delivery network’ for medical supplies - VentureBeat

07/30/2017 - A computer predicted the success of Etsy, Spotify, and other major startups 8 years ago — and it's just generated a new list - Business Insider

07/21/2017 - A computer was asked to predict which start-ups would be successful. The results were astonishing - World Economic Forum

05/11/2017 - Announcing Telecom Council's Innovation Showcase Class of 2017 - Newswire

03/06/2017 - These Are the 50 Most Promising Startups You’ve Never Heard Of - Bloomberg

12/06/2016 - Ruvento raises new seed fund to invest in hardware across Singapore, China and the U.S. - TechCrunch

10/10/2016 - Plug and Play IoT Batch Five Hand-Picked by Industry Experts - PR Newswire

9/15/2016 - Are drones actually a sector or just another layer in the enterprise SaaS stack? - TechCrunch

8/25/2016 - Automated drones navigate and inspect cell towers without GPS - ZDNet

8/25/2016 - Silicon Valley Drone Start-Up PRENAV Raises Millions - Unmanned Aerial Online

8/24/2016 - With Part 107 quickly approaching, DroneDeploy and PRENAV announce funding - Drone360

8/24/2016 - PreNav Closes $6.5M Seed for Drone Navigation System - Wall Street Journal

8/24/2016 - Prenav raises $6.5 million to help companies inspect their properties using automated drones - VentureBeat

8/24/2016 - PRENAV Raises $6.5 Million in Funding from Crosslink Capital, Haystack, Liquid 2 Ventures, and WI Harper Group - Business Wire

7/12/2016 - As Drone Navigation Advances, SlantRange Focuses on Farm Analytics - Xconomy

6/29/2016 - Your Shot: Machines Created, Directed, Cast & Edited This Music Video - Little Black Book

6/23/2016 - Artificial intelligence directs music video for Saatchis - BBC

6/23/2016 - 'Cut!' - the AI director - BBC

6/23/2016 - 10 startups that will make you reimagine VR, AR and mixed reality - VentureBeat

6/10/2016 - 2016 Award Winners - New Media Film Festival 

4/26/2016 - Early-Stage VC Becomes Most Aggressive Investor in Robotics and Machine Learning Space - PRNewswire

3/11/2016 - Drone Uses Beam-Forming Antenna to Test Small Cell Sites - Microwaves & RF

2/26/2016 - Bay Area Festival Celebrates Drone Filmmaking - CBS SF Bay Area

2/12/2016 - Drones And Wind: Poised for a Big 2016 - North American Wind Power

1/21/2016 - UAS Life After the 333 - UAS Magazine

1/9/2016 - Drones: Why you should register and how to fly accurately and en masse - Network World

12/3/2015 - Ground robot, drone maker takes new approach to aerial precision - UAS Magazine

12/3/2015 - Will Actual Human Beings Navigate the Amazon Delivery Drones? - Slate

12/2/2015 - Next-Generation Drones Will Save New York City’s Infrastructure - New York Magazine

12/2/2015 - Who's going to fly those Amazon delivery drones? - ZDNet

11/29/2015 - PRENAV precision navigation drone technology - Drones on Video

11/25/2015 - PRENAV Precision Drone System Approved for Industrial Inspections - Unmanned Aerial Online

11/25/2015 - FAA-Approved PRENAV Drone System Suited For Turbine Inspections - North American Wind Power

11/24/2015 - Prenav is revolutionizing the drone industry with their super-precise navigation system - Globe Gadget

11/23/2015 - Precision Drone System Receives First Section 333 Exemption - Product Design & Development

11/20/2015 - Drones light up the sky with animated letters & shapes in award-winning video - Robohub

11/20/2015 - Pixhawk-powered precision navigation wins Robotic Film Festival - DIY Drones

11/20/2015 - The Drone Laser Dance Party That is Actually Pioneering Some Incredibly Important Technology - Drone Girl

11/19/2015 - Drone as artist? S.F. film festival celebrates drone video - SF Chronicle

11/11/2015 - World’s First-Ever Flying Robot Film Festival Descends on SF - SF Station

10/18/2015 - Four drone projects designed to change the contemporary landscape - designboom

10/15/2015 - Autonomous Drone Flies with Centimeter-Level Accuracy - Electronic Design

10/1/2015 - The votes are in! Check out the five winners of the Bridger Cup Drone Film Festival - Audience Awards

9/8/2015 - New super-precise drones could win over wireless industry - Network World

9/6/2015 - Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week - Discovery News

9/1/2015 - Precision Drones for Structural Inspection - Robotics Tomorrow

8/28/2015 - This Precision Drone Navigation System is Great for Light Painting Photos - PetaPixel

8/28/2015 - Video Friday: Mini Surgical Robot, Precision Drones, and Bioinspired Robotics at Harvard - IEEE Spectrum, Automaton

8/27/2015 - These Animations Were Created with an Ultra-Precise Light-Painting Drone - Motherboard / VICE

8/27/2015 - Watch Drones Create a Gorgeous Light Show of Words and Shapes - Popular Mechanics

8/27/2015 - Video: This dancing drone is a beautiful painter of light - Gizmodo

8/26/2015 - PreNav Raises $1.2 Million for Robot-Guided Drones - Wall Street Journal, Venture Capital Dispatch

8/26/2015 - Senvion Canada Among Drone Provider's Earliest Customers - North American Wind Power 

8/26/2015 - PRENAV Develops Precision Drone System Suited for Industrial Inspections - Unmanned Aerial Online

8/26/2015 - The Daily Startup - Wall Street Journal, Venture Capital Dispatch

8/26/2015 - PRENAV Seeded for Robot-Guided Drones (password protected) - VENTUREWIRE

8/26/2015 - PRENAV Reveals Centimeter-Accurate Drone System - MAKE Magazine

8/26/2015 - Hello World. PRENAV Releases Video of the World's Most Precise Commercial Drone System - PR Newswire

2/19/2015 - Toyota hackathon winners aimed for drone that automatically follows a car - VentureBeat