Autonomous delivery robot maker Starship Technologies secures $17 million in funding from Goodyear Ventures and others

Estonia-born Starship Technologies, a provider of autonomous delivery services, has raised $17 million, bringing its total funding to $102 million.

Investors in the round include TDK Ventures and Goodyear Ventures. Last time the startup announced a financing round was in August 2019, when it raised $40 million.

The startup says it has recently achieved its one millionth autonomous delivery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has made contactless deliveries that much more popular in under a year.

Indeed, Starship says it has seen order numbers in Milton Keynes triple in the past year, and with 120 robots, the town is now home to the world’s largest fleet of autonomous robots.

“Completing one million deliveries is a milestone that everyone at Starship is celebrating,” commented 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,” he added.

In addition to the above news, Starship says it has expanded its services to two new university campuses in the US – UCLA and Bridgewater State University.

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