Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State

BBC News

Amazon is pilot-testing a wheeled, electric robot that travels on pavements to deliver packages to customers in Snohomish County, WA. Said Amazon’s Sean Scott, “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.”

The truck is shown in a promotional video delivering a parcel, with a lid automatically lifting when the customer comes out of their house to retrieve the package. Details of how exactly this will work are not given. Neither is there any explanation for what happens if the customer is not in at the time of delivery.

Six Scouts have been dispatched for the trial, which is one of several conducted by various companies as an alternative to road delivery. Meanwhile, Starship Technologies recently dispatched 24 autonomous pavement robots to deliver coffee and pizza to students at George Mason University in Virginia.

Delivery robots also have been operating on San Francisco streets for several years, but legislation limits their use, allowing them to function only within certain neighborhoods, while also requiring constant accompaniment by humans.  Report

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