Driverless delivery robots for Starship raise $ 17 million


Starship has raised $ 17 million to continue working on autonomous deliveries, the company said in a post on Medium.

The company also added two new service campuses, UCLA and Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.

With the new funding, Starship now has $ 102 million in funding.

In addition, the company recently reached a milestone of 1 million autonomous deliveries.

“We weren’t sure where the 1 millionth delivery would take place, as around 15 to 20 service areas are open worldwide, all of which are supplied by robots every minute. It ended up being held in Bowling Green, Ohio for a college student named Annika Keeton, who is a freshman studying Pre-Health Biology at BGSU. Annika is now part of Starship history! “

The company started six years ago and said although it wanted to hit the million mark sooner, it plans to keep increasing shipments.

The Medium post says UCLA is considered “one of the best public schools in America”. There Starship delivers from restaurants like Blaze Pizza, Bruin Buzz, Lu Valle and Southern Lights and also delivers with Starbucks and BearsDen as BSU, the post says.

Interest in the autonomous delivery industry is growing these days as the pandemic has made contactless deliveries and payments much more popular over fears of the virus being transmitted elsewhere. Starship says demand has quintupled since the pandemic began. Over the past year, the company’s operations have also expanded to include locations such as the state of Arizona, the University of Mississippi, UC Irvine, and the city of Mountain View, California. The company also began working with the Save Mart Company in Modesto, the post said.

PYMNTS reported last year that Starship first unveiled an autonomous food delivery system in Tempe, Arizona. The service included 30 robots working from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day in a geo-fenced area near the state of Arizona that included numerous popular restaurants.



Above: Eighty percent of consumers are interested in non-traditional checkout options like self-service, but only 35 percent have been able to use them for their recent purchases. Today’s Self-Service Shopping Journey, a collaboration between PYMNTS and Toshiba, analyzed over 2,500 responses to learn how merchants can address availability and perception issues to meet demand for self-service kiosks.


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