Amazon Test Delivery Robots
Amazon has unveiled its latest attempt at autonomous delivery with the debut of six-wheeled electric robot Amazon Scout in the suburbs of Washington state, USA.
The e-commerce giant unleashed the six of the robots in the suburbs of Snohomish County near Seattle to deliver packages as part of a field test.
The robots will only be operating from Monday to Friday during daylight hours and will have an Amazon employee tagging along during the testing phase.
The Scout is similar in appearance to an esky with wheels attached and is designed “to roll along sidewalks at a walking pace,” VP Sean Scott wrote in a company blog post.
“We developed Amazon Scout at our research and development lab in Seattle, ensuring the devices can safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians, and anything else in their path,” Scott added.
In a promotional video featuring the Amazon Scout, the Scout’s lid automatically opens when a customer comes out to retrieve their package — perhaps after getting a notification on their Prime app.
Details of the delivery were not given, but presumably, it means that customers will need to be at home in order to receive their deliveries.
Although ostensibly designed to make life easier for consumers, robotic delivery systems like Amazon Scout and others have been described as nuisances and unsafe on walkways.
If successful, Amazon will likely roll out the delivery system to other cities in the US and then onto other countries.