Self-Driving Truck Startup Starsky Robotics Shuts Down After Series B Falls Through
Starsky Robotics, a maker of driverless trucks, announced yesterday it is shuttering its doors. The San Francisco-based startup had raised just over $20 million in funding since it was founded in 2015. Its last fundraise, a $16.5 million Series A led by Shasta Ventures, took place in March 2018.
Starsky Robotics Shuts Down And Worries Everybody Else Will Also Fail In Robotic Trucks
In March, Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, CEO and founder of Starsky Robotics, announced the end of their trucking company, which combined autonomous driving software and remote monitoring techniques to move big rigs. Back in 2015, I had advised Seltz-Axmacher on their plan, but had lost touch.
The End of Starsky Robotics
In 2015, I got obsessed with the idea of driverless trucks and started Starsky Robotics. In 2016, we became the first street-legal vehicle to be paid to do real work without a person behind the wheel. In 2018, we became the first street-legal truck to do a fully unmanned run, albeit on a closed road.