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Zero-emission robots have travelled more than 350,000 miles
Starship Technologies has closed US$40.0 million in Series A funding. The Company, which has just become the first to complete 100,000 commercial deliveries, also announced that it plans to expand its service to 100 university campuses in the next 24 months. Starship is working with the University of Pittsburgh and Sodexo in anticipation of a launch in the fall whilst Purdue University, Indiana is launching on September 9, with more following shortly.
With the closing of this Series A funding round, Starship has now raised a total of US$85.0 million. The Company will use the new funding to rapidly expand its services to more university campuses. The round was led by Morpheus Ventures with participation from prior investors including Shasta Ventures, Matrix Partners, MetaPlanet Holdings and others, as well as new investors including TDK Ventures, Qu Ventures and others.
Starship Technologies operates commercially on a daily basis around the world. Its zero-emission robots have travelled more than 350,000 miles, crossed four million streets, and have just marked the milestone of completing 100,000 autonomous deliveries, the first self-driving robotics company to reach this number.
Starship, which does both restaurant and grocery deliveries around the world has now delivered over 6,000 pizzas, 7,000 gallons of milk, 8,000 coffees, 9,000 sushi rolls, 15,000 bananas as well as over 3,700 diapers.
The robots use a combination of sophisticated sensors, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to travel on sidewalks and navigate around any obstacles. Starship robots can cross streets, climb curbs, travel at night and operate in both rain and snow. Since the robots are battery powered they reduce pollution as well as congestion by removing cars and vans from the delivery process.
In addition to university campuses, Starship also delivers groceries and packages in neighbourhoods and a range of items on corporate campuses around the globe. The Company has also played a role in helping to bring legislation allowing Delivery Robots to operate on sidewalks across nine US states, The District of Columbia and several countries.