The company is working closely with university authorities. It began at George Mason University and Northern Arizona University and will be held in September by the University of Pittsburgh and Purdue University in Indiana. Starship plans to deploy 25-50 robots per campus in the next 24 months, which means that by 2021, these schools may have more than 5,000 robots.
Each electric robot has a trunk that holds approximately 20 pounds of cargo and has a camera outside that can be used to identify obstacles and help guide the robot to its destination. They deliver a radius of 3 to 4 miles and a top speed of 4 mph, allowing robots to work for hours without interruption.
With the end of this series of Series A financing, Starship has raised $85 million. This round of funding was led by Morpheus Ventures and former investors, including Shasta Ventures, Matrix Partners and MetaPlanet Holdings, as well as new investors, including TDK Ventures, Qu Ventures and others. Starship earns money by charging customers $1.99 per order.