Your Amazon Order Might Soon Be Delivered By A Self-Driven Robot Named Scout !
The trend of autonomous delivery robots is really catching on, and Amazon being one of the top online marketplaces couldn’t resist the concept either. The company has rolled out its very own self-driven electric delivery robot, named Scout.
Since Wednesday, six Amazon Scouts have started delivering packages in Snohomish County, Washington. As per Amazon, the robots will be operational on weekdays during the daylight hours. For the initial run, Amazon employees will be accompanying the self-driven robots. Post that, the bots will be able to follow the delivery route on their own.
Amazon says that it has developed Scout at its own research and development lab in Seattle. As can be seen in the video below, Scout is the size of a small water cooler and rolls along sidewalks at a walking pace. Amazon claims to have ensured that the bot “can safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians and anything else in their path.”
More importantly, with this rollout Amazon can be seen sitting at a comfortable position in the race of autonomous bot delivery. Though the concept is not new, its application has just started to become visible in various markets.
Recently, US-based grocery store giant Kroger announced its partnership with self-driving car startup Nuro. The venture was to deliver groceries to consumers through a self-driven robot called R1. Starship Technologies, a company dedicated to producing autonomous delivery vehicles, launched a fleet of such bots for deliveries to students within the George Mason University in Fairfax.
Once the companies test these autonomous systems out under appropriate conditions, the concepts are expected to be rolled out in other markets too. Apart from autonomous ground vehicles, many players are also focusing upon autonomous drones to handle the delivery logistics. They are expected to be faster, and more convenient to use but safety concerns certainly rise with bots flying over people’s heads, which are also being worked upon.