Our CTO (Luke Cole) previously worked for Hemisphere GPS (orginally called BEELINE, and now bought out by AgJunction) as a "Robotics Engineer" implementing auto-guidance solutions for various quadbikes and agriculture tractors that was used by 100's of vehicles around the world.
For 10 years, starting as a teenager in 1998 - Luke Cole has also worked for leading research institutes and companies such as NICTA (now called CSIRO Data61), CSIRO, Seeing Machines and ANU Robotics System Lab (lead by Alex Zelinsky, who received a rare prestigious AO award in 2017 and was Defence Scientist of Australia from 2012 for 6 years). Luke's work included various autonomous mobile robot projects, involving computer vision, and even a self-driving car early 2000's. Back then OpenCV and ROS didn't exist, so we did a "roll-your-own" called VisLib and DROS comprised of 364,578 lines of code.
Lance Cole has also worked at NICTA and has a background of various hardware development, such as working for a contract company to the US millary (EOS), building the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
Bethania is an outer southern suburb of Brisbane, though it is legally part of Gold Coast city. It is situated on the main southern suburban railway and lies south of the Logan River. It occasionally suffers floods.
A separate branch railway runs to Beaudesert but has been out of commission since August 2004.
Bethania was founded by Germans during the 19th century and is home to many different nationalities. Its home to three retirement villages. And contains a community centre, soccer club, swimming pool and a small skate park.
Bethania, a semi-rural pocket near Beenleigh, halfway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, was originally a cane farming and dairying area, but is now slowly being converted to residential. It still retains a certain rustic charm, although it is being broken up into smaller holdings.
Just down the road on the banks of the Logan River is the famous Beenleigh Rum Distillery, which has been making that delightfully-potent brew since 1884. The distillery is open to the public on weekdays.