Starship Technologies, which has been testing robotic delivery of packages in nearly 60 cities worldwide, got an endorsement today from Daimler AG. The German automaker led a €16.5 million ($17.2 million) seed funding round.
While a lot of public attention has focused on Amazon.com Inc.’s plans for aerial drone delivery, Starship has been moving forward with wheeled drones in an area with less competition and fewer regulations — suburban sidewalks. But there are still challenges of scale, security, and public acceptance.
Starship CEO Ahti Heinla was also co-founder and chief technical architect of Skype before founding Starship.
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