On one hand, Starsky Robotics is a traditional over-the-road trucking company that relies on its 36 trucks for freight delivery and revenue. But the startup founded in 2016 by Stefan Seltz-Axmacher and Kartik Tiwari was launched to solve a problem plaguing the freight industry: the driver shortage.
“Our goal is to solve the driver shortage by making trucks autonomous on the highway and remote controlled for the last mile,” said Chief Executive Officer Seltz-Axmacher, “allowing human drivers to work in office environments and go home between shifts.”
Since Starsky’s launch, it has acquired three autonomous trucks and hopes to increase that number to 25 in 2020. Starsky, which has raised $21.7 million in venture capital funding, ranked 12th in the FreightTech 25, announced at FreightWaves LIVE Chicago in November. This industry-wide award given to innovative and disruptive companies was judged by a prestigious external panel, with voting overseen by accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller.