RoboTire is a robotic automation company making a robotic systems for changing car tires that is headquartered in San Carlos, California and was founded in 2018 by Victor Darolfi. The company makes the robots and software in use by their vehicle maintenance robot. Robotire came out of stealth mode in March 2020 after publicly participating in Y Combinator's start up accelerator program.
Darolfi came up with the idea for RoboTire after waiting three hours to get his tires changed at a shop, and thought why can't robots change his tires like they put tires on in car factories. When explaining how fast RoboTire's robots can change tires Darolfi told reporters:
We can do a set of four tires, put in to pull out, in 10 minutes. It normally takes about 60 minutes for a human operator to do a set of four. Some can go faster, but they really can’t do that eight hours a day.
On March 16, 2020 RoboTire announced raising $150,000 in pre-seed funding from Y Combinator through their startup accelerator program.