January 27, 2021

Starship 1MillionDeliveries400x275Starship Technologies, which develops autonomous mobile robots for last-mile delivery of packages and food, announced it has completed 1 million autonomous deliveries, as well as raising an additional $17 million in funding.

The new funding, led by Goodyear Ventures, brings Starship’s total funding to $102 million, the company said. Founded in 2014, the company builds and operates a network of self-driving robots that carry packages, groceries and food directly to customers. In addition to the one million deliveries, the electrically powered robots have traveled millions of miles in several cities and college campuses around the world.

The company announced two new college campuses for deliveries as well - UCLA in California and Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. The millionth delivery took place at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, to freshman student Annika Keeton.

“Six years ago we wouldn’t have believed we’d be hitting the 1m delivery in January 2021 – we’d have liked to hit it sooner!”, said Ahti Heinla, co-founder and CTO of Starship. “But it turns out getting delivery robots to operate at a high degree of autonomy in multiple countries, 24/7, doing thousands of deliveries per day and millions of miles per year is hard. It may have taken us six years for us to hit the first million deliveries, but we expect the next million to take only a matter of months!”

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Heinla said the additional funding comes during increased interest in autonomous delivery due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with demand increasing 5x in neighborhoods since the beginning of the pandemic. He said the company plans to grow the team of employees by around 40 to 50% in 2021.

"Goodyear Ventures is excited to join Starship's journey as it revolutionizes the autonomous delivery space," said Abhijit Ganguly, senior manager, Goodyear Ventures. "Goodyear's trusted services footprint combined with its custom solutions for autonomous vehicle companies comprise a solid platform to support Starship in the market."