Chevron Orders American Robotics’ Drones for Oil & Gas Inspection

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January 26, 2022

Ondas Holdings, which operates American Robotics, has announced that AR received a new purchase order from Chevron for its fully autonomous, FAA-approved Scout Systems. American Robotics said this is their second Fortune 100 customer within the oil and gas space.

The company’s fully automated drone systems can conduct up to 20 autonomous missions per day without having a pilot or visual observer on the ground. This technology allows for automated inspections, regular site monitoring, and enhanced safety for employees, with a lower cost and increased accuracy. American Robotics said millions of acres of assets must be continually monitored to check for oil leaks, methane emissions, and damaged equipment.

“The oil and gas industry is primed to benefit from recent advancements in autonomous drone technology,” said Reese Mozer, CEO and co-founder of American Robotics. “Prior to our game-changing FAA approvals, asset managers that used drones to monitor their oil and gas fields needed to employ pilots and visual observers to fly the systems manually, and then manually convert the data into actionable insights. With Scout System, we are providing the oil and gas industry with a dramatically more efficient and effective way to manage, monitor, and inspect their assets. Analytics that were previously unattainable due to high costs of operation are now available through the Scout System, allowing users to make informed decisions in real time that will drive their business forward.”

AR said the use of autonomous drones in the oil and gas industry is expected to continue and expand significantly in the coming years, as companies comply with global climate change mitigation commitments and regulations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Air Act rule, which intends to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 20330. AR said the industry is projected to spend $15.6 billion on digital transformations by the end of the decade.

More details on American Robotics and its Scout System are available here.


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