College students in the US here’s special news for you. The next time you order pizza, an autonomous delivery robot might be delivering it to your dorm room! Starship Technologies announced that nearly a thousand autonomous six-wheeled delivery robots will be stationed to deliver to college students.
Starship Technologies recently raised $40 in a Series A round of funding. The startup plans on spreading its delivery robots across college campus over the next two years. So far, everything seems to be going great for the company with its robots tests in more than 100 cities, spread across 20 different countries. The company also marked its 100,000th delivery after having successfully crossed as many as 4 million streets.
A college campus is an ideal place to run an autonomous delivery robot business. Considering the well-laid paths, tech-savvy students, and fixed campus boundaries, Starship Technologies is heading back to college for its business upgrade! In order to make this work, the company is also closely working with administrations of each college where it intends to launch.
Starship plans to deploy 25–50 robots at each campus over the next 24 months, which means there could be upwards of 5,000 robots in its initially planned schools by 2021. According to CEO Lex Bayer, the ability of every robot to deliver for many hours at a stretch is its biggest advantage.