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Starship Completes One Million Autonomous Deliveries | by Ahti Heinla | Starship Applied sciences | Jan, 2021 | Medium

Starship Completes One Million Autonomous Deliveries

Right now I’m proud to announce we have now reached a million autonomous deliveries, greater than 6 years after founding the corporate in 2014. We consider no different firm on the earth 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 thus far.

We have been uncertain 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. Ultimately it passed off at Bowling Inexperienced, Ohio, to a pupil known as Annika Keeton who’s a freshman learning pre-health Biology at BGSU. Annika is now a part of Starship’s historical past!

Annika Keeton, the recipient of our one millionth supply in Bowling Inexperienced, Ohio

Six years in the past we wouldn’t have believed we’d be hitting the 1m supply in January 2021 — we’d have favored 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 1000’s of deliveries per day and hundreds of thousands of miles per yr is tough. Fortunately we have now an extremely proficient crew 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 following million to take solely a matter of months!

Right now we additionally launched UCLA, thought-about one of many high public faculties 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.

One of many first UCLA college students to obtain a Starship supply

The extra funding comes at a time of accelerating curiosity within the autonomous supply trade. Contactless supply has proved to be one of the crucial 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 for the reason that starting of the pandemic.

Starship robots lined up at Bridgewater State College

We’ve continued to see exponential development since beginning our first industrial supply service in 2018. Up to now yr, Starship set a number of new supply information inside the firm and expanded to extra school 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 associate, The Save Mart Corporations.

In case you’re serious about fixing troublesome challenges and wish to have a optimistic affect on native communities, in addition to the setting, 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 crew by round 40–50% this yr alone. Deliver on 2021!

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