Starship is bringing autonomous delivery to the world. We are here to solve the last mile delivery problem with fleets of sidewalk delivery robots. Starship was the first company to begin operating autonomous delivery robots in public spaces already in 2017 without safety drivers. Today Starship is the leader in the autonomous delivery space and has completed more than 500,000 deliveries to customers. We’re operating in 5 countries( including the US and the UK) with hundreds of robots delivering 7 days a week, 365 days a year. More information about the company background is available here.
People may think Starship is all about Robotics. In fact, only a handful of engineers in Starship work directly on that. We are building a rich set of products to automate delivery, and Starship provides multiple challenges to solve, both from a hardware and software point of view. In Starship, we design and build our robots — both the hardware and embedded software. We’re also building the backend infrastructure and services to communicate with the robots. On top of that, we have the marketplace connecting the consumers of the service with the merchants. Robots are autonomous, but in some situations human help is needed. Remote operations enables us to deal with the trickier situations where automation is too risky or technically expensive. We also have people in the service areas where we operate, ready to help them out and charge them overnight. Since the robots need a cm-level of accuracy, we have built our own GIS-based 3D mapping solution (you can read more about it from the Starships Engineering blog).
What makes Starship a great place for engineers is the broad range of engineering disciplines we’re covering, e.g. our autonomous driving department is building machine learning based solutions that gives the intelligence for the robots to drive autonomously. We have the infrastructure to communicate with the robots in a time critical manner including getting access to all the sensor data, like the video streams, from the robot.
Our fleet management solutions are matching the right robot with the right tasks to optimise delivery times and fulfil the ETA promises we’ve made to our consumers. We’re also building our own marketplace which is a full blown e-commerce challenge. The marketplace handles the order flow end to end, starting from when the consumers make the order through our consumer application all the way to it being fulfilled by the kitchens or grocery stores. To summarise, Starship is full of fascinating engineering challenges, and many of them haven’t yet been solved by any other company in the world: