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Amazon Scout—the e-commerce giant’s fully-electric, autonomous delivery system—has launched in Atlanta. Scout has delivered Amazon packages in various test cities, navigating around all types of objects on the sidewalk including everything from surfboards to luggage, refrigerators, and even Christmas trees waiting to be picked up for recycling, and as of this week will do the same on the streets of Atlanta.
“This week, we expanded our field test and Scout is now delivering packages to select customers in Atlanta, Georgia and Franklin, Tennessee,” Amazon Tuesday announced. “Amazon Scout delivery devices are built to be inherently safe. They’re the size of a small cooler and move at a walking pace. Each delivery device can navigate around pets, pedestrians, and other objects (including surfboards!) in its path.”
The company is starting with a small number of Amazon Scout devices in each city, delivering Monday through Friday, during daylight hours. Customers in both areas will order just as they normally would and their Amazon packages will be delivered either by one of Amazon’s carrier partners or by Amazon Scout. The same delivery options are available, including free Same-Day, One-Day, and Two-Day shipping for Prime members. The devices will autonomously follow their delivery route, and initially be accompanied by an Amazon Scout Ambassador.
“Adding Atlanta and Franklin to our existing operations gives Scout devices the opportunity to operate in varied neighborhoods with different climates than they operate in today,” according to the announcement. “Amazon also has a significant presence in these areas through our corporate offices and logistics facilities. And, we know they are both great places to find world-class talent that can help us continue inventing for customers.”