Charlotte startup Lucid Drone’s founders realized quickly they would have to switch focus to stay afloat as businesses began bracing for impact from COVID-19.
The company, which connects power-pressure washers to drones for safer cleaning of building exteriors, was founded in 2017 by Andrew Ashur, David Danielson and Adrian Mayans while they attended Davidson College.
Ashur said in early March, they went on a company-wide, 14-day quarantine after someone came in contact with the virus. It was during that period that they were able to brainstorm an alternative use for their drone technology.
“Very early on, we were feeling unsettled and thinking about what we were going to do during this time,” he said. “We were scratching our heads and trying to put the situation in context.”
They decided the best way to keep Lucid Drone up and running while helping to combat COVID-19 was to use repurpose their drones. Ashur said they then began talking with various partners to figure out a way to disburse sanitation solutions to minimize the virus’ impact—with a focus in the inside of buildings.