Starship Technologies has announced that it has raised an additional US$17m (£12.4m) and completed one million autonomous deliveries.
Investors include TDK Ventures and Goodyear Ventures, and the new investment brings Starship’s total funding to US$102m (£74.5m) to date.
After recently expanding UK operations into a second UK town in Northampton, Starship has also confirmed that it has added service in the USA to two new university campuses –UCLA and Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.
“Completing one million deliveries is a milestone that everyone at Starship is celebrating,” said Ahti Heinla, co-founder and CEO of Starship Technologies. “We are delivering a fully commercial service operating 24-7 across five different countries now doing thousands of deliveries a day and millions of autonomous miles per year.
“This scale puts Starship on par with the biggest companies in the self-driving car market when it comes to miles travelled in the last year alone. We’re proud to be offering a crucial service that is now becoming part of everyday life for millions of people.”
Starship has continued to see exponential growth since starting its first commercial delivery service in 2018. In the past year, the company has seen order numbers in Milton Keynes triple, and with 120 robots, the town is home to the world’s largest fleet of autonomous robots.
A further 30 robots are serving residents in Northampton, following the launch of Starship’s service in November 2020, with operations set to scale up further in the coming weeks.