Your Next Amazon Purchase Might Be Delivered By ‘Scout,’ The Company’s New Autonomous Bot

With the launch of the delivery service in Atlanta this week, Atlantans 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.
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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.

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“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.”

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta, What Now Los Angeles, What Now San Diego, and What Now Las Vegas.
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5 months ago

Would be kinda fun to knock it over.

5 months ago

I have my reservations about Amazon but I would love it if this robot knocked over a scooter or two.

larry english
5 months ago

how does it do crosswalks? escalators?: stairs? broken sidewalks ? sidewalks that run out.?

5 months ago
Reply to  larry english

And how are motorized ‘vehicles’ even allowed on sidewalks?
Scooters aren’t allowed on sidewalks, neither are bikes for that matter.
Also, does it eject your package at the front door, or do you need to be there to open the thing up to retrieve your package?
This might work in a gated suburban community, but I’m not sure if if would work in the COA.
I think some of these billionaires are just trying to stay relevant for cocktail party chatter.

5 months ago
I think Musk, Bezos, and Zuckerberg are all egocentric aliens.

5 months ago

Not every predator is a billionaire but every billionaire is a predator.

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