Pyka, an Oakland, CA-based provider of an autonomous, electric crop-spraying drone, raised $11M in seed funding.
The round was led by Prime Movers Lab, with participation from Y Combinator, Greycroft, Data Collective and Bold Capital Partners.
The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and business reach.
Co-founded by Michael Norcia, Chuma Ogunwole, Kyle Moore and Nathan White, Pyka is an autonomous electric airplane startup aiming to make agricultural chemical application fast, precise, and easy – even over challenging terrain. Using art 3D aerial mapping and optimized path planning, the planes know where obstacles are and how to fly around them. Every aspect of the mission – taxi, takeoff, flight, and landing – is handled autonomously.
Key Technologies include a flight computer, a battery, a spray pump and a motor controller.