Starship Technologies has announced that it plans to expand its service to 100 university campuses in the next 24 months, after closing $40M in Series A funding.
The company, which is a leader in the field of autonomous delivery, has recently become the first to complete 100,000 commercial deliveries.
Starship is working with the University of Pittsburgh and Sodexo in anticipation of a launch in the fall whilst Purdue University, Indiana is launching on September 9, with more following shortly.
With the closing of this Series A funding round, Starship has now raised a total of $85 million., which it will use to rapidly expand its services to more university campuses.
Starship, which does both restaurant and grocery deliveries around the world has now delivered over 6,000 pizzas, 7,000 gallons of milk, 8,000 coffees, 9,000 sushi rolls, 15,000 bananas as well as over 3,700 diapers.
Nicolas Sauvage, managing director of TDK Ventures, one of Starship’s investors, said: “We’ve evaluated the autonomous tech market segment around the world, and Starship is miles ahead of others in bringing advanced technology valued by real paying customers.
“Starship’s machine learning, computer vision, and sensor fusion is the most advanced we’ve seen in autonomous robotic delivery. We look forward to contributing to the success of Starship in this important and emerging space.”
Lex Bayer, Starship’s CEO said: “This new investment will see Starship expand onto more campuses as we head towards a goal of offering our service to over one million students.
“An entire generation of university students are growing up in a world where they expect to receive a delivery from a robot after a few taps on their smartphone. The reception to our service both on campuses and in neighborhoods has been phenomenal. Our customers appreciate how we make their lives easier and give them back the gift of time.”
Starship rolled out robot delivery to university campuses this year in partnership with foodservice management company Sodexo, Inc, starting with George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), where it launched with what was then the world’s largest robotic delivery fleet, and later to Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ).
Since the initial launches, both campuses have increased the number of robots, dining options and hours of operation to meet the high demand for the service.
The robots use a combination of sophisticated sensors, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to travel on sidewalks and navigate around any obstacles.