Starship Technologies, a startup developing driverless delivery robots, this morning announced it has raised $17 million and added service to UCLA in California and Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. The company also revealed that it has reached the milestone of completing 1 million autonomous deliveries, up from 100,000 deliveries as of August 2019, which Starship claims is a first for an autonomous delivery company.
The autonomous delivery robot market is expected to be worth $34 billion by 2024, up from $11.9 billion in 2018. Some experts predict that the pandemic will hasten the adoption of autonomous vehicles for delivery. Self-driving cars, vans, and trucks promise to minimize the risk of spreading disease by limiting driver contact. This is particularly true with regard to short-haul freight, which is experiencing a spike in volume during the outbreak.