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).
Moggill, one of Brisbane's western suburbs, is about 18 kilometres from the CBD. It comprises a mixture of small-lot and acreage residential homes along with a small number of remaining farms.
The Brisbane River and Moggill Creek were rich in resources and evidence of Aboriginal occupation includes Bora grounds near the Moggill Pony Club and O'Brien Road, another Bora ring is located near Kangaroo Gully Road.
At about this time Moggill was divided into three suburbs, the other two were named Anstead and Bellbowrie The name of the creek is derived from 'Magil', an Aboriginal word meaning water dragon. The ferry crossing of the Brisbane River was motorised in the 1940s under the joint control of the Ipswich and Brisbane City Councils, and still operates today.
The Moggill Country Club was established in the 1960s. It is one of the oldest sporting and social clubs in the area.
After 2004, the traditional Moggill pineapple farms, situated on the rich red clay soils around Witty Rd and Priors Pocket Rd, began to be subdivided for housing.