Starship completes one million autonomous distributions
Today I am proud to announce that we have reached 1 million autonomous deliveries, more than 6 years after the company was founded in 2014. We believe no other company in the world has done so many autonomous deliveries – including self-propelled taxi rides. We raised an additional $ 17m and added services for two new campuses – UCLA and Bridgewater State University (Massachusetts). This new investment has so far brought Starship’s total funding to $ 102 million.
We weren’t sure where the 1 million deliveries would be, as there are about 15-20 service areas open worldwide, all delivered every minute by robots. Eventually it happened to a student named Anika Keaton at Bowling Green in Ohio, a freshman studying pre-health biology at BGSU. Annika is now part of the history of the starship!
Six years ago we didn’t believe we would reach 1m delivery in January 2021 – we would have liked to have hit it sooner! But it turns out that delivery robots are difficult to operate at high levels of autonomy in multiple countries, 24/7, delivering thousands of deliveries per day and millions of miles per year. Fortunately we have an incredibly talented team at Starship which I thank for making this milestone achievable. It may take us 6 years to deliver the first million, but we expect the next million to take just a few months!
Today we launched UCLA, which is considered one of the top public schools in the United States, and we deliver from restaurants including Blaze Pizza, Bruin Buzz, Lou Valle and Southern Lights. Bridgewater State University (Massachusetts) is now offering deliveries from campus restaurants, including Starbucks Cafe and Beers Dane.
The extra funding comes at a time of growing interest in the autonomous distribution industry. Contactless Delivery Covid-19 has proven to be one of the most reliable ways to protect vulnerable populations and enable social distance during epidemics. We are proud to be able to provide untapped food and groceries to so many people at such a challenging time. Demand in neighboring areas has increased fivefold since the onset of the epidemic.
Since the launch of our first commercial delivery service in 2018, we have been seeing significant growth. Over the past year, Starship has set several new delivery records within the company and has expanded to more college campuses, including Arizona State University (ASU), University of Mississippi (University of Mississippi). Ole Miss) and UC Irwin. In addition to opening services in Mountain View, CA, we have also started delivery in Modesto, CA with our new partner, The Save Mart Company.
If you are interested in tackling difficult challenges and want to have a positive impact on the local community as well as the environment, we want to hear from you because we are now hiring for multiple roles. We plan to increase the Starship team by about 40-50% this year. Bring 2021!