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Why move a 2-pound burger in a 2-ton car? Say hello to Serve, an affordable, convenient, and sustainable self-driving robot that is capable of completing deliveries without any assistance from a human.
⚾ The Elevator Pitch:
Just a couple of years ago, delivery robots were something out of a science fiction movie. However, they are quickly becoming a reality. Food delivery has made major advancements, with new technologies that allow consumers to track orders in real-time. The pandemic has also sped up the adoption of delivery systems and further advanced innovation between drivers and customers.
Serve Robotics analyzed the way delivery systems work and has successfully developed zero-emission rovers designed to fill the gap. Serve Robotics is making delivery affordable, convenient, and sustainable.
👇 The Drop Down
Tech trend: Robotics, Food Delivery
Traction: Launched Commercial Level 4 Autonomy, $10M investment from Nvidia, also raised $13M in March, Featured on TechCrunch, Bloomberg, CNBC, and The Economist.
Team - Venture Fellows, Engineers, and Fun curators in the Tech Space.
Ali Kashani (CEO/ Co-Founder) | Dmitry Demeshchuk (Co-Founder) | Touraj Parang (COO)
🔍 Why we like it:
- 📈 A business of the future
- Although it’s a business many still don’t know about, sidewalk robots are set to become the industry standard with annual sales estimating $1bn within a decade. That puts them ahead of driverless cars, bikes, and even motorcycle deliveries in some states. Plus, as the world shifts to more sustainable solutions, these robots check the zero-emission mark as it leaves no footprint on the environment. Serve Robotics is on the right track and have successfully made their mark in the industry in less than a year. Backed with investment and a team of highly professional engineers, there’s no stopping them in the commercial space.
- 🏎️ A bit complicated path - but strong footprint.
- Serve Robotics technology was originally designed and engineered by Postmates, a food delivery chain in the US. Then Postmates was acquired by Uber, then Uber spun out Serve to make a standalone company, then Uber invested in Serve. A bit complicated, right? Anyway, the investment from companies like Uber and Nvidia is enough to have a strong footprint in the market. The company recently closed a $13M funding round from Uber and other ventures, combined with a $10M from Nvidia.
- No Humans required - Fully autonomous...
- The company has already launched its next generation of robots that are capable of delivering without a human in the loop. Teleoperation requires “100% reliable LTE networks and 100% mistake-free operators, both of which are impossible to achieve consistently,” says CEO Ali Kashani. Most companies in the industry, lean on remote operation and monitoring of these autonomous robots to deliver the product. “Considering there are still challenges, like safety concerns, but with Level 4 launch, we no longer need humans to ensure safety”. says Ali.
🤝 Get Involved with Serve
- They’re currently hiring! Looking for Engineers, programmers, and hardware professionals
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- Check out the Press Release for more information