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Long-range delivery drone maker Volansi raises $50M – TechCrunch

Robotics generally have seen an increase in interest during the pandemic, so it makes perfect sense that investors are taking a closer look at autonomous drone delivery. The round, led by Icon Ventures, brings the Bay Area-based startup’s total funding up to around $75 million. Also involved are existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Y Combinator, as well as new names, Harpoon Ventures and Merck Global Health Innovation Fund. Volansi (nee Volans-i) has been demonstrating its drones’ long-range capabilities for some time now. We wrote about them back in 2017, when they showed off a 100-mile flight — an impressive feat, given the restrictions of most traditional drones.

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