Innovation and being open to new ways of doing business is so important during this pandemic and beyond. This episode of MAC6 Community Connection Radio Show and Podcast showcased how communities, businesses and people are finding ways to connect even if our connection looks a little different.
Jennifer Burwell and Kyle McIntosh co-hosted their first episode of MAC6 Community Connection Radio Show and Podcast on May 13th at Phoenix Business Radio X. One of their new Co-manufacturing community members, Kia Alborz from Starship Technologies, joined them on air.
Since the beginning of the COVID 19 Pandemic, Starship made the shift from serving college campuses to serving local communities by delivering contact-free groceries and food from local stores and restaurants using robots. Talk about a pivot and innovation right?!
Starship Technologies’ delivery robots operate commercially on a daily basis around the world. The robots use a combination of sophisticated machine learning, artificial intelligence and sensors to travel on sidewalks and navigate around obstacles. The computer vision-based navigation helps the robots to map their environment to the nearest inch.
The robots can cross streets, climb curbs, travel at night and operate in a variety of weather conditions. A team of humans can also monitor their progress remotely and can take control at a moment’s notice.
The robots have traveled over 500,000 miles, crossed more than 5 million streets and completed more than 100,000 commercial deliveries.
Kia Alborz is Starship’s Launch and Expansions Manager. Kia graduated from Austin College in Sherman TX and St. Mary’s law school in San Antonio Texas and litigated for several years prior to working with startups.
Kia began launching markets for Lime, the micromobility company, directly prior to joining Starship.