Starship.xyz was one of the first websites we wrote about in 2016 shortly after the company’s official launch. We promised that we would keep an eye on their progress, and now – as the last #WebsiteWednesday of the year – we’re recapping the news and success Starship has had in 2016.
Starship, created by the co-founders of Skype, is an autonomous robot delivery service that is changing the future of delivery to be more efficient and cost-effective. Their breakthrough technology has been featured all over the news, including stories in Wired, TechCrunch, Fortune, and Business Insider, to name a few.
If you live in San Francisco, Washington DC, Switzerland, London or one of the other 50+ cities Starship has visited, you may have already seen their robots zipping around. Their robotic fleet now consists of 65 robots – up from 10 when they launched – which have traveled over 15,000 combined miles in 16 countries, according to their site.
To reach these markets, Starship partnered with Mercedes-Benz to build custom robo-vans, or “motherships,” that can transport the robots from city to city. By combining traditional transit with Starship’s robots, 400 packages can be delivered every shift, compared to 180 by doing it the old way. This type of efficiency led to interest by Just Eat, who announced “the world’s first takeaway meal delivered by a robot” in London earlier this month. With a $60 million annual R&D budget, Just Eat told VentureBeat that they’re launching their pilot program all over London with Starship in 2017.
Thanks to the innovation by Starship.xyz, we may be opening presents next year that were delivered by a robot. But Starship wasn’t the only member of #GenXYZ that had a good year – check out the list below to see a complete list of every #WebsiteWednesday we covered in 2016.
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