Bolt and Starship partner for robot deliveries

Autonomous delivery services company Starship Technologies has announced a partnership with European mobility super-app Bolt.

The companies say the partnership “opens the door” to thousands of robots doing Bolt Food deliveries across multiple countries later this year.

Multimodal options

The announcement coincides with Starship celebrating what it claims is an industry milestone, become the first company to complete five million autonomous commercial deliveries around the world.

Bolt has more than 100 million customers in some 45 countries and 500 cities, including in Europe, Africa, West Asia and Latin America. The company offers a range of mobility services including ride hailing, micromobility (e-scooter and e-bike rentals), food and grocery delivery and a free-floating car-sharing service.

The partnership with Starship means Bolt will be able to offer a full range of multimodal delivery options depending on basket size and distance.

Starship Technologies and Bolt share Estonian roots, a country well-known on the global stage for its digital innovation and being home to more tech unicorns per capita than any other country in the world.

“Both Bolt and Starship have created innovative products which have revolutionised the way people move around and buy and receive goods in cities,” said Jevgeni Kabanov, Bolt’s president.

“We’re excited to bring our two services together through this new collaboration, which will provide millions of Bolt Food customers with a new, sustainable delivery option fulfilled by Starship’s smart and much-loved service which has had great success over the past five years. In the longer term we are hopeful about expanding our collaboration to make deliveries cheaper and more accessible to even more customers.”

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