Google Maps Visionary Joins Clearpath Advisory Board

Brian McClendon will advise Canadian self-driving vehicle maker on
mapping technologies

KITCHENER, ON, Canada–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clearpathis proud to welcome former vice president of Google’s
and Uber’s Mapping divisions, Brian McClendon, to its board of advisors.
McClendon will provide insight and expertise on mapping technologies to
the company’s OTTOMotors industrial division and Clearpath
Robotics research solutions division. He 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, Chief Executive Officer at 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 has built a career as an entrepreneur and technical leader in
geographic information systems (GIS). In 2004, his digital mapping
startup, Keyhole, was acquired by Google and became the foundation for
Google Earth. During a 10-year tenure at Google, he became the vice
president of Google Maps, Earth and Street View. He joined Uber in 2015
as vice president of Mapping and most recently stepped down to return to
his hometown in Kansas to become a research professor at the University
of Kansas. McClendon serves on the advisory board for the University of
Kansas, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2015
and has also been recognized by the United Nations as a “Champion of the
Earth,” its top environmental prize.

McClendon will advise the team on mapping technologies, software
architecture and engineering leadership as they continue to 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,” explains McClendon. “This
presents a really exciting opportunity to innovate and guide the next
generation of technology with the next generation of company.”

About Clearpath

Clearpath Robotics Inc., provides industry-leading self-driving
technology, products, and services to over 500 of the world’s most
innovative brands. Proprietary hardware, software, and services are
delivered through the company’s research and industrial divisions: Clearpath
and OTTO
. Visit
for more information.

About OTTO Motors

OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath Robotics Inc., designs,
manufactures and operates self-driving vehicles to automate material
movement inside busy factories and warehouses. Using self-driving
technology much like the Google Car, the easy-to-use OTTO vehicles move
inventory in a safe and flexible manner throughout the indoor supply
chain. Customers include Fortune 100 brands like General Electric, John
Deere, and Toyota. For more information, visit


Cam Davies