Starsky Robotics

Starsky Robotics

Driverless truck company based in San Francisco, California.

Starsky Robotics (also known as Starsky) is a company in the autonomous truck market. It provides a system that enables trucks to drive without a person in the vehicle. The company's stated goal is to make roads safer while giving drivers work closer to their homes and families.

Starsky Robotics’ system focuses on the issue of final-mile delivery by removing drivers from the cab entirely and putting them in an office where they can remotely operate the truck from terminal to delivery.

The company was founded by Stefan Seltz-Axmacher and Kartik Tiwari in 2015 and is headquartered in San Francisco, US. It was officially launched in August 2016, and began moving freight on the highway in February 2017. In February 2018, Starsky drove a truck fully unmanned for seven miles on the highway in Florida and became the first company to publicly test an empty cabin for autonomous trucks.

In February 2018, Starsky completed a 7-mile fully driverless trip in Florida without a single human in the truck

Starsky Robotics has tested a fully unmanned truck in Florida, and the team is developing fully autonomous commercial trucks.

Funding

Starsky has raised $21.7 million to date. Shasta Ventures, Y Combinator, Trucks.vc, 9Point Ventures, Fifty Years and others have invested in various rounds of funding.

In 2017, Starsky Robotics announced that it had raised over $5 million from Y Combinator, Sam Altman, Trucks VC, and Data Collective to create an autonomous trucking company.

In 2018, company closed a $16.5 million Series A, led by Shasta Ventures.

Media

Starsky Robotics has been covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wired,

Bloomberg, CNN, The Wallstreet Journal, Fortune, Financial Times, TechCrunch, Business Insider and other publications.

Timeline

March 20, 2020

SStarsky Robotics annouces plans to shut down after Series B falls through

June 12, 2018

Safety Lead Announcement

Starsky Robotics Appointed Walter Stockwell, Former DJI Executive, as Director of Safety Policy

March 8, 2018

Series A

Starsky Robotics closed a $16.5m Series A round led by Shasta Ventures.

March 8, 2018

First-ever Driverless Trip

Starsky drove a truck fully unmanned for seven miles on the highway in Florida.

June 22, 2017

Seed Funding

Starsky Robotics announced that it had raised over $5 million from Y Combinator, Sam Altman, Trucks VC, and Data Collective to create an autonomous trucking company.

February 28, 2017

Began Moving Freight on the Highway

Starsky came out of stealth announcing that they autonomously moved freight on the highway.

August 22, 2016

Y Combinator

Starsky Robotics went through Y Combinator in 2016.

November 6, 2015

Starsky Robotics was founded by Stefan Seltz-Axmacher and Kartik Tiwari.

September 1, 2015

Founded

Founded in 2015 by Stefan Seltz-Axmacher and Kartik Tiwari.

Funding rounds

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Kartik Tiwari

Co-Founder & CTO

Co-Founder & CEO

Walter Stockwell

Director of Safety Policy

Further reading

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Date

The End of Starsky Robotics - Starsky Robotics 10-4 Labs - Medium

Stefan Seltz-Axmacher

Web

March 19, 2020

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Date
Link

NPR: A Career Trucker Helps To Steer The Path For Self-Driving Trucks

April 2018

Short-documentary on Starsky Robotics and how it's CEO, Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, thinks driverless trucks will affect the world.

March 2018

Starsky Robotics completes the first ever test-drive of a truly unmanned truck

March 2018

Starsky Robotics First Freight

Febraury 2017

Wired: The Future of Trucking When Machines Take the Wheel

May 2017

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