Starship Technologies is making delivery robots and they just received $40 million in funding. The robots are advanced devices that can carry items within a 4-mile (6km) radius. Our delivery platform enables a new era of instant delivery that works around your schedule at much lower costs.
The company has made over 100,000 commercial deliveries. The total funding has reached $85 million.
Parcels, groceries and food are directly delivered from stores, at the time that the customer requests via a mobile app. Once ordered the robots’ entire journey and location can be monitored on a smartphone.
Starship delivery bots use machine learning to detect objects and do not use expensive LIDAR. Starship robots mostly drive on sidewalks and cross streets when they need to. This poses a different set of challenges compared to self-driving cars. Traffic on car roads is more structured and predictable.
Safe and Secure
Starship’s robots move at pedestrian speed and weigh no more than 100 pounds. They’re inherently safe and can navigate around objects and people.
For security, the cargo bay is mechanically locked throughout the journey and can be opened only by the recipient with their smartphone app. The location of the robots is tracked, so you know exactly the location of your order and receive a notification at the time of arrival.
The entire delivery platform is both energy- and cost-efficient and can be used for a large variety of tasks. In comparison to more traditional delivery services, things such as groceries, packages and food can be delivered for a fraction of the cost.
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