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Ahti Heinla
CEO, CTO – Starship Technologies
Stanford Engineering – Jan 29 2018
3rd Century BC
Automated transport of water
19th Century
Automated transport of energy
20th Century
Automated transport of...
ROBOTS ARE PRACTICAL, NOW!
Starship robots are entering widespread usage…
l ..before flying cars
l ..before self-driving c...
THE FOUNDERS
Ahti Heinla
Founding engineer, Chief Technical
Architect of Skype, KaZaA
Janus Friis
Co-founder of Skype and ...
FIRST, WE NEED TO BUILD A ROBOT.
Tallinn, Estonia, July 2014
Photo by Wikipedia user @khora, CC BY-SA
2014
2015
2015
2016
HOW DOES THE ROBOT WORK?
Uses sidewalks and public spaces
Drives at pedestrian speeds, max 4 mph
Equipped with cameras and...
ROBOVAN
Cooperation between Starship and Mercedes-Benz Vans
>15 million people have seen
our robots
80% of them do not react
No robot has been stolen
LEARNINGS ON SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE
REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
Regulators are racing to clarify
legal status of sidewalk robots
You do not start a revolution by building a prototype.
You start a revolution by deploying a practical service at scale.
2...
$20M+ in funding, from:
Daimler AG
Shasta Ventures
Matrix Partners
Morpheus Ventures
Grishin Robotics
ZX Ventures
Playfair...
Ahti Heinla - Starship Technologies - Estonia - Urban Delivery Robots - Stanford - Jan 29 2018
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Talk by Ahti Heinla, CEO/CTO, Starship Technologies (Estonia), at Stanford on Jan 29 2018, in our session: 'Estonia & Baltics : Urban Delivery Robot Startups & eGovt Innovation'.

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Ahti Heinla - Starship Technologies - Estonia - Urban Delivery Robots - Stanford - Jan 29 2018

  1. 1. Ahti Heinla CEO, CTO – Starship Technologies Stanford Engineering – Jan 29 2018
  2. 2. 3rd Century BC Automated transport of water 19th Century Automated transport of energy 20th Century Automated transport of information 21st Century Automated transport of matter
  3. 3. ROBOTS ARE PRACTICAL, NOW! Starship robots are entering widespread usage… l ..before flying cars l ..before self-driving cars l ..before aerial delivery drones ..and at lower delivery costs than any of these. Starship is doing commercial deliveries every day in 10 cities: l US: Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Concord/Walnut Creek, Washington, DC l Europe: London, Milton Keynes, Hamburg, Zürich, Tallinn
  4. 4. THE FOUNDERS Ahti Heinla Founding engineer, Chief Technical Architect of Skype, KaZaA Janus Friis Co-founder of Skype and KaZaA
  5. 5. FIRST, WE NEED TO BUILD A ROBOT. Tallinn, Estonia, July 2014 Photo by Wikipedia user @khora, CC BY-SA
  6. 6. 2014
  7. 7. 2015
  8. 8. 2015
  9. 9. 2016
  10. 10. HOW DOES THE ROBOT WORK? Uses sidewalks and public spaces Drives at pedestrian speeds, max 4 mph Equipped with cameras and other sensors Can intelligently react to pedestrians, obstacles and traffic situations Sometimes helped by human operators sitting in control centers Inherently safe for collisions Consumers unlock the robot using their phones
  11. 11. ROBOVAN Cooperation between Starship and Mercedes-Benz Vans
  12. 12. >15 million people have seen our robots 80% of them do not react No robot has been stolen LEARNINGS ON SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE
  13. 13. REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT Regulators are racing to clarify legal status of sidewalk robots
  14. 14. You do not start a revolution by building a prototype. You start a revolution by deploying a practical service at scale. 2016 – 2018: l Safety research l Ease of deployment l Urban planning l Huge amounts of real-world testing l User experience & delight FROM PROTOTYPE TO PRACTICAL SERVICE l Battery charging l Unit economics optimization l Standard Operating Procedures l Certifications (FCC, ISO safety etc) l Logistics optimization
  15. 15. $20M+ in funding, from: Daimler AG Shasta Ventures Matrix Partners Morpheus Ventures Grishin Robotics ZX Ventures Playfair Capital Swiss Post HOF Capital FUNDING

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