Amazon Tests Delivery Robots; Unveils The Amazon Scout
This week, it was reported that our favorite e-commerce conglomerate giant, Amazon, has sent out 6 self-driving package delivery robots through the quaint little neighborhood of Snohomish County, in the state of Washington.
Amazon tells us that these 6-wheeled devices, named Amazon Scout, were developed at a development/research lab in Seattle. The Delivery Robots are about “the size of a small cooler, and roll along sidewalks at a walking pace,” says Sean Scott, an Amazon exec in charge of Scout. The e-commerce giant has said that each Scout device has the ability to “safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians and anything else in their path.”
Throughout the trial period, however, the devices will be manned by an Amazon employee. The Amazon Delivery Robots, or Scouts, will also only run Monday through Friday during daylight hours during the trial.
“Customers in Snohomish County order just as they normally would and their Amazon packages will be delivered either by one of our trusted partner carriers or by Amazon Scout,” Scott said.
Wired has reported, though, that the delivery robots may face certain challenges moving forward; “A delivery robot can’t open gates without hands, and it can’t climb steps to get right to your door,” Wired states. “And if the robot requires the customer to enter a PIN to get the package out, how can the robot leave the package if you’re not home?”
The ongoing trial period in Snohomish County will dictate whether or not Amazon Scouts will be set free in other areas. That’s this week in robots taking over the world news.