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



Starship Completes One Million Autonomous DeliveriesToday 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 planet 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 up to now.We had 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 came about at Bowling Inexperienced, Ohio, to a scholar known as Annika Keeton who’s a freshman finding out 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, OhioSix years in the past we wouldn’t have believed we’d be hitting the 1m supply in January 2021 — we’d have preferred 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 tens of millions of miles per yr is tough. Fortunately we have now an extremely proficient workforce at Starship which I thank for making this milestone achievable. It could have taken 6 years for us to hit the primary million deliveries, however we count on the subsequent million to take solely a matter of months!At present we additionally launched UCLA, thought-about one of many prime public colleges 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 deliveryThe extra funding comes at a time of accelerating curiosity within the autonomous supply trade. Contactless supply has proved to be probably the most dependable methods to guard susceptible 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 therefore many individuals. Demand has elevated 5x in neighborhoods for the reason that starting of the pandemic.Starship robots lined up at Bridgewater State UniversityWe’ve continued to see exponential progress since beginning our first business supply service in 2018. Previously yr, Starship set a number of new supply data throughout the firm and expanded to extra faculty 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 accomplice, The Save Mart Firms.In the event you’re inquisitive 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 workforce by round 40–50% this yr alone. Convey on 2021!