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It recently raised $40 million through round A financing.Starship TechnologiesWe are planning to cooperate with more than 100 universities in the United States to promote robotic delivery services on campus.
The San Francisco-based startup, which launched the robot in 2018, has conducted automated delivery tests in more than 100 cities in 20 different countries.
Robots have traveled 4 million streets, traveled 560,000 kilometers, and recently completed 100,000 deliveries.
These six-wheeled robots are equipped with cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors and GPS, and are equipped with complex computer vision and neural network systems to open journeys, scan road conditions and identify obstacles on the road.
They are all electric and can carry up to 20 pounds of goods to their destination. People can use apps to open boxes and get things.
In addition, the delivery distance of the robot is 4-6 km and the maximum speed can reach 6.4 km/ h.
But the advantage of the automatic delivery robot is that it can deliver goods without interruption every morning and evening. When you lie in the dormitory in the morning and want to order a takeout, you can order at any time. It will also be delivered on time, without the guilt of bothering others when you worry that no one will deliver the goods too late or let the takeout brother run late at night.
Delivery of goods, including groceries, catering and so on, each order needs to pay $1.99, compared with the domestic distribution fee of about 5 yuan, it seems to be slightly more expensive.
College campuses are chosen because many people live in small spaces. They tend to order food and groceries for their lives online. As a young generation, students are also ideal initial customers for new things.
In addition, the school has a large number of walking roads, clear boundaries, which is conducive to robot driving. This is also a good environment for improving autopilot technology. Robots can be delivered many times in a short time.
But its limitation is that high-rise users can only go down to the door of the first floor to pick up goods, because robots can't climb stairs. So the company is currently mainly aimed at low-rise housing more and lower housing density area delivery.
HoweverAccording to Lex Bayer, CEO of StarshipLater houses may build special ramps and doors for automatic distribution robots, but at least it will take some time before automatic robots become popular.
Now the company has allowed robots to automatically distribute food to students at George Mason University and the University of North Arizona. Next, they will launch the service at the University of Pittsburgh and Purdue in September.
The plan for the future is to deploy 25 to 50 robots on almost every university campus in the United States in 24 months, a total of perhaps more than 5,000 robots.
After the initial expansion of the school, Starship Technologies is also planning to push its business to enterprise parks, industrial parks and so on, carrying out some parts and small parcels.
In the next 10 years,Online shopping is likely to grow fivefold. By 2025, American consumers will spend more than $100 billion on household goods. Robot distribution is one of the hottest areas of concern.
Not only Starship Technologies robots, but from Amazon Prime Air UAVs flying in the sky to Scout unmanned distribution vehicles walking on the ground, automatic delivery robots seem to be landing step by step at a visible speed.