You’re sitting in your dorm room playing Xbox and all you can think about is pizza. Delivery is easily the best option and now they are about to get a major high-tech upgrade. Starship Technologies is planning on deploying thousands of autonomous six-wheeled delivery robots to college campuses all around the country over the next two years. These robots are more than safe as they have already been tested in over 100 cities in 20 different countries, traveled 350,000 miles, crossed 4 million streets and just completed its 100,000 delivery. A college campus is the absolute perfect spot for these robots.
The first colleges to accept the bots were George Mason University and Northern Arizona University. In September, the company plans to deploy more bots on the campuses of the University of Pittsburgh and Purdue University in Indiana. There will be an estimated 25-50 robots at each campus over the next two years.
The robot is slower (4 mph) than a human or one on a bike but it has the ability to work many hours without a break and that’s where the competitive edge comes in. Each robot is electric, has trunk space that can hold up to 20 pounds, and has a suite of cameras around the outside so the robot doesn’t run into anyone or anything.
Starship has raised a total of $85 million now. They are making money by charging customers $1.99 per order. They also have contracts with the universities and restaurants that it delivers for. The CEO thinks this can be more profitable than the rival delivery services DoorDash and Postmates.
These other companies have proved that customers want and love deliveries, they appreciate the convenience of it. The CEO of the company really put it in perspective when he said, “We’re not using handlers, no one is following our robots, no chase vehicles. The robots are literally out there in neighborhoods, in universities, driving on the road, we’re doing autonomous driving, autonomous street crossing, we’re operating seven days a week, 8am till 2am. That’s daytime, nighttime, rain or shine. We’ve even driven in the snow for several days at some of these campuses. So you know, we’re so far ahead.”