Copy Tracking Code

Prime Mover Magazine


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.

Featured Article

  • How urbanisation will change trucking

    How urbanisation will change trucking

    Congestion, increasing pedestrian traffic and limited parking space keep holding back the growth of Australia’s metropolitan freight industry. Do we need to re-think the very concept of urban transportation?

    Read Story

  • advertisement
  • Click here to join the CRT network today
  • Keep up to date on the latest news and developments in the commercial road transport industry. Sign up to CRT News today to receive a FREE weekly E-newsletter delivered straight to your inbox.


  • advertisement

© Copyright 2018 Prime Creative Media. All rights reserved.

Find us on Google+