Estonian Bolt teams up with Starship Technologies, leader in autonomous delivery
Estonian mobility company Bolt has announced its partnership with Starship Technologies, the world leader in autonomous delivery vehicles. The companies want to transform the way food and grocery deliveries are made, bringing customers a new level of convenience and sustainability.
- Founded in 2013, Bolt is an Estonian-French mobility company that offers ride-hailing, micromobility rental, food and grocery delivery, and car-sharing services. Bolt is Estonia’s fourth unicorn, following Skype, Playtech, and Wise. In 2022, the company raised $709 million, reaching a valuation of about $8.4 billion.
- Like Bolt, Starship Technologies is also an Estonian-born company that’s rapidly expanded its global presence. It is a robotics company building fleets of self-driving delivery robots designed to deliver goods locally. The company was founded in 2014 and is now headquartered in San Francisco, California.
“Bolt and Starship share very similar goals of promoting sustainability in local transport. In our case, we offer a convenient and on-demand autonomous delivery service, perfectly aligning with the mission of making cities more eco-friendly,”Alastair Westgarth, CEO of Starship Technologies, comments.
- Starship Technologies is the first autonomous delivery company to complete 5 million commercial deliveries worldwide. And at Bolt, they have over 100 million users in 45 countries and 500 cities globally. The partnership will allow providing a broader range of delivery options.
“We think the synergy with Bolt’s overall portfolio of services will not only help Starship expand to new markets but also provide some fun, fully electric, future-proofed delivery options to the markets Bolt serves,”Ahti Heinla, Co-founder and CTO of Starship Technologies, adds.
- As the result of the deal, Starship delivery robots will begin delivering with Bolt Food in Tallinn as a pilot programme, working in tandem with courier partners.