Starship Technologies is an autonomous delivery startup that’s all about providing a robot food delivery service. Following a $40 million funding round, the company that was launched in 2014 by Skype co-founders Janus Friis and Ahti Heinla, was planning to expand these services. Now that traditional restaurants are closing their doors, Starship Technologies has seized the opportunity and is accelerating its growth.
Starship Technologies Is Expanding Its Robot Delivery Services
The robot delivery services were expanded to Tempe, AZ and grocery delivery services were added for Washington, D.C. This was also later implemented in Irvine, CA. The autonomous robots were also sent to Milton Keynes, U.K. back in 2018. The company now plans to expand to even more cities in the next few weeks.
Ryan Tuohy, who is Starship Technologies’ head of business development, said that the demand for contactless delivery is what drives the exponential expansion in recent weeks. The company is looking forward to the expansion, as more and more people are looking for ways to support local businesses while staying at home. Its robot fleets are doing autonomous deliveries for people in five countries, and the company hopes their efforts can make life at least a bit easier for them.
The Robots Operate In Rain and Snow
Every autonomous robot can carry around 20 pounds of cargo and that makes it ideal for people who need to get food and groceries without having to leave their home or visit stores in person. The Starship Deliveries app allows users to place their orders conveniently, and then they can watch the robot’s progress on an interactive map. The robots can climb curbs, cross streets, and travel at night. They can operate in rain and snow, and are monitored remotely by human operators who can take control if necessary.
The delivery service in Tempe will start with 30 autonomous robots, delivering items from several restaurants in a service area near the Arizona State University. Starship Technologies plan to expand the Tempe service area by adding more grocery stores and restaurants soon.