Starship Makes One Million Autonomous Deliveries
Today, I am proud to announce that we have reached one million stand-alone deliveries, more than 6 years after the company was founded in 2014. We believe that no other company in the world has made so many deliveries. autonomous, including autonomous taxi rides. We also raised an additional $ 17 million and added services to two new campuses: UCLA and Bridgewater State University (Massachusetts) in the United States. This new investment brings Starship’s total funding to $ 102 million to date.
We didn’t know where the millionth delivery would take place, as there are around 15-20 open service areas around the world, all with robots making deliveries every minute. Ultimately, it was held in Bowling Green, Ohio, for a student called Annika Keeton, who is in her first year studying pre-health biology at BGSU. Annika is now part of Starship history!
Six years ago, we wouldn’t have believed that we would reach the 1m delivery in January 2021 – we would have liked to reach it sooner! But it turns out that operating delivery robots with a high degree of autonomy in multiple countries, 24/7, making thousands of deliveries per day and millions of kilometers per year is difficult. Fortunately, we have an incredibly talented team at Starship whom I thank for making this milestone achievable. It might have taken us 6 years to reach the first million deliveries, but we expect the next million to take just a few months!
Today we also launched UCLA, considered one of the best public schools in America, and we deliver restaurants like Blaze Pizza, Bruin Buzz, Lu Valle, and Southern Lights. Bridgewater, Massachusetts State University now also offers deliveries from campus restaurants, including Starbucks Cafe and Bears Den.
The additional funding comes at a time when interest in the stand-alone delivery industry is growing. Contactless delivery has proven to be one of the most reliable ways to protect vulnerable populations and enable social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We pride ourselves on providing contactless food and grocery deliveries at such a difficult time for so many. Demand has increased fivefold in neighborhoods since the start of the pandemic.
We have continued to see exponential growth since launching our first commercial delivery service in 2018. Over the past year, Starship has set several new delivery records within the company and has grown to other college campuses including Arizona State University (ASU), University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), and UC Irvine. In addition to opening the service in Mountain View, CA, we have also started deliveries to Modesto, CA, with our new partner, The Save Mart Companies.
If you are interested in solving tough challenges and want to have a positive impact on local communities, as well as the environment, we would love to hear from you as we are currently recruiting for multiple positions. We plan to grow the Starship team by around 40-50% this year alone. Roll on 2021!