Tech & Engineering Veteran Transitions to UAS, Joins AirMap

Technology veteran Daniel Rubio has joined AirMap, provider of an airspace management platform for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), as chief technology officer (CTO).

According to the company, Rubio will apply his expertise in mapping, the Internet of Things, robotics, mobile devices and autonomous cars to the development of AirMap’s platform, which has grown extensively since its launch in 2015.

Ben Marcus, CEO of the company, says Rubio’s “technological vision and expertise in the unmanned vehicle space will be invaluable as he leads the engineering team at AirMap and helps accelerate widespread adoption of our partners’ advanced drone capabilities.”

AirMap says Rubio brings more than 20 years of multidisciplinary experience to the executive team. Most recently, he served as CTO of HERE, a mapping company focused on solutions for self-driving cars. At HERE, Rubio led the team behind the company’s cloud platform for autonomous vehicles. Prior to HERE, Rubio led the development of the Motorola Droid at Motorola/Google and brought Android to Nokia with his work on the Nokia X. At Motorola, he collaborated with partners such as Google, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments.

Prior to joining Nokia, says AirMap, Rubio held several senior designer and chief architect positions in major U.S., Japanese and Finnish corporations. At the Symbian Foundation, he was the CTO and chief architect and led the Symbian Foundation Architecture Council. In addition, at NEC Technologies, he led the design and development of the company’s third generation of radio frequency subsystems for a 3G mobile phone platform.

“I’m honored to join AirMap at such a pivotal time for unmanned aircraft,” comments Rubio. “The world is primed for the proliferation of drones, and the work we’re doing at AirMap is going to significantly accelerate the pace of innovation in the drone space. Moving from autonomous, terrestrial vehicles to unmanned aircraft was a natural transition for me.”

Photo courtesy of AirMap

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