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Starsky Robotics announce $16.5M Series A for self-driving trucks

Starsky Robotics has announced that it has closed a $16.5 million Series A, led by Shasta Ventures.

The San Francisco based company has also recently completed a seven-minute drive on a closed course without any human intervention.

The news comes soon after Uber announced it had begun cargo hauls in the US using both automated and human piloted vehicles.

“If you need a person in the vehicle, you’re not solving the problem,” co-founder and CEO Stefan Seltz-Axmacher said to TechCrunch.

“There are quite a number of places where right now you can pilot unmanned vehicles on the road. The reason people haven’t done unmanned testing isn’t because of regulation. That’s an easy excuse,” Mr Seltz-Axmacher said.

Mr Seltz-Axmacher said to TechCrunch that the big names aren’t nearly as focused on full-autonomy.

“The big OEMs seem to be doing just enough to keep their shareholders from panicking. The big tech companies don’t seem to really care about trucks. Uber, for example, has at least 50 times the size of our tech team, and they just started hauling freight with their self-driving trucks,” he said.

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