Amazon Rolls Out Autonomous Delivery Robot Scout In California

Posted: Aug 9 2019, 12:29am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Amazon rolls out autonomous delivery robot Scout in California
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Deliveries by robots will change the way you shop.

Amazon Scout, the fully-electric delivery robot that no longer requires a driver, is set to hit the streets of Southern California to cater to customers in the region.

The expansion follows Amazon’s pilot run of its Scout robots in Snohomish County, just outside of the company’s Seattle headquarters in Washington.

Amazon introduced Scout in January to help deliver packages to customers more quickly without human assistance. The robots — the size of a small cooler — are able to roll along sidewalks at a walking pace. Scout robots use camera and sensor data for route planning, navigation, and to improve the service.

Following the testing in Washington, Amazon said the autonomous delivery robots were able to navigate through many road obstacles such as trash cans, skateboards, lawn chairs, the occasional snow blower, and more.

Customers in the area could purchase small items like smartphones, PC accessories, headphones, clothes, Amazon speakers like the Echo Dot, the Fire TV stick, Fire Tablets, as well as toys, home improvement tools and more and have them delivered via Scout.

Amazon said the service in Southern California will be operational from Monday through Friday during daylight hours. The e-commerce giant added that free same-day, one-day and two-day deliveries will also be available via Scout.

As part of the initial rollout in the area, Scouts will first be accompanied by an Amazon Scout Ambassador to ensure their safety.

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