Starship, the British-Estonian robotics company founded by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, is today launching a global rollout of autonomous delivery services for corporate and academic campuses that will see the deployment of more than 1,000 delivery robots by the end of this year.
The company has been operating the service with Compass in the US and various partners in Europe, but says it is now ready to introduce its robots en masse, starting with business and education campuses on both sides of the Atlantic. The robots offer on-demand delivery of food, drinks, office stationery, tools and whatnot anywhere on participating campuses via an app, designed to make the lives of everyone who works/and or lives there more convenient.
The campus launch represents a major milestone in the growth of Starship, expanding on commercial delivery pilot programs in the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland and its home country Estonia.
The startup says its robots have now covered over 100,000 miles around the world in 20 countries and over 100 cities, encountering over 15 million people along the way.
It also says the most common Starship delivery item to date has been breakfast sandwiches.
Starship raised $17.2 million in a seed round led by automotive giant Daimler. Shasta Ventures, Matrix Partners, ZX Ventures, Morpheus Ventures, Grishin Robotics, Playfair Capital also participated in the January 2017 round.