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Starship secures approval for pilot programs in Washington, D.C. and Redwood City, CA

Starship Technologies continues to pave the way for robotic delivery with approval for its Personal Delivery Devices (PDD) from cities in the US

London, November 21, 2016

Starship Technologies, the company leading the delivery industry revolution with fleets of friendly sidewalk robots, today announced it has secured approval for pilot testing in Washington, DC and Redwood City, CA. This comes on top of similar approvals in Coeur D’Alene, ID and five cities in Europe.

The Mayor of Redwood City, John Seybert, commented: “We’re excited that Starship Technologies chose Redwood City for this innovative autonomous robot program. It has strong potential to not only reduce traffic in Redwood City, but allow restaurants and businesses to serve a greater number of customers.”

Starship is working closely with a number of cities in the US including Sunnyvale, San Carlos, and Menlo Park to gain permission for robot pilot programs. Similar efforts are continuing in Europe after the success of the joint testing program in London, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Bern (Switzerland) and Tallinn (Estonia).

“After successfully securing permission in Washington, DC and Redwood City, we can expand our extensive research and development program” added Ahti Heinla, CEO, Starship. “We actively seek out places like Washington, DC and Redwood City that share our vision for the future of delivery and we look forward to working closely with them during our pilot.”

Commercial partners for the US operations will be announced soon. This comes following the partnerships already announced in Europe with Just Eat, Swiss Post, Hermes and Metro Group.

Starship Technologies employs the only robotic delivery service in the world testing in real world environments and delivering to real customers. The robots have now covered over 12,600 miles around the world in 16 countries and 58 cities, coming into contact with over 2 million people. They are designed for delivering packages, groceries and food to consumers within a 2-3 mile radius for as little as $1 in the future. The robots can drive 99% autonomously, while being monitored by human operators in control centers.

About Starship Technologies

Starship Technologies is building a fleet of autonomous robots designed to deliver goods locally in 15-30 minutes within a 2-3 mile radius. The robots drive autonomously but are monitored by humans who can take over control at any time. Launched in July 2014, by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, Starship is changing the way parcels, groceries and food are delivered. Starship Technologies is a European company with Business headquarters in London and R&D headquarters in Estonia.

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