Starship Completes One Million Autonomous Deliveries
At this time I’m proud to announce we’ve reached a million autonomous deliveries, greater than 6 years after founding the corporate in 2014. We consider no different firm on the planet has accomplished this many autonomous deliveries — together with self-driving taxi rides. We’ve additionally raised an extra $17m and added service to 2 new campuses — UCLA and Bridgewater State College (Massachusetts) within the US. This new funding brings Starship’s whole funding to $102m to this point.
We have been not sure the place the 1 millionth supply was going to happen, as there are round 15–20 service areas open globally all with robots doing deliveries each minute. In the long run it passed off at Bowling Inexperienced, Ohio, to a scholar known as Annika Keeton who’s a freshman learning pre-health Biology at BGSU. Annika is now a part of Starship’s historical past!
Six years in the past we wouldn’t have believed we’d be hitting the 1m supply in January 2021 — we’d have preferred to hit it sooner! But it surely seems getting supply robots to function at a excessive diploma of autonomy in a number of nations, 24/7, doing hundreds of deliveries per day and thousands and thousands of miles per yr is tough. Fortunately we’ve an extremely gifted staff at Starship which I thank for making this milestone achievable. It might have taken 6 years for us to hit the primary million deliveries, however we anticipate the subsequent million to take solely a matter of months!
At this time we additionally launched UCLA, thought-about one of many prime public colleges within the US, and we’re delivering from eating places together with Blaze Pizza, Bruin Buzz, Lu Valle, and Southern Lights. Bridgewater State College (Massachusetts) can also be now offering supply from campus eating places together with Starbucks Cafe and Bears Den.
The extra funding comes at a time of accelerating curiosity within the autonomous supply trade. Contactless supply has proved to be probably the most dependable methods to guard weak populations and allow social distancing in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re proud to be offering contactless meals and grocery deliveries at such a difficult time for thus many individuals. Demand has elevated 5x in neighborhoods because the starting of the pandemic.
We’ve continued to see exponential progress since beginning our first business supply service in 2018. Up to now yr, Starship set a number of new supply information inside the firm and expanded to extra faculty campuses together with Arizona State College (ASU), College of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and UC Irvine. Along with opening service in Mountain View, CA, we additionally started deliveries in Modesto, CA with our new companion, The Save Mart Firms.
In case you’re considering fixing tough challenges and wish to have a constructive influence on native communities, in addition to the atmosphere, we’d love to listen to from you as we’re hiring for a number of roles proper now. We’re planning to develop the Starship staff by round 40–50% this yr alone. Convey on 2021!