Amazon begins testing an autonomous delivery robot named Scout

Amazon has announced that they’ve begun testing a new delivery robot named Amazon Scout. Six of the robots are being trialed to deliver packages in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington. While the robot is meant to eventually make deliveries on its own, Amazon employees will be accompanying the six-wheeled pods to begin with.

Judging by a video put out of Amazon Scout, the robot moves along at a slow walking pace. Lights on top of the robot flash as it crosses a street using a marked pedestrian crosswalk. It doesn’t appear as though this initial version of Scout is actually able to drop off packages on its own, since the video shows a woman retrieving her delivery from the robot’s storage compartment, which automatically opens as the women approaches the robot waiting on the sidewalk in front of her door.

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17 comments
  1. Dennis M Rodzik says:

    Amazon needs to be broken up!

  2. Joe says:

    This robot & music + the climactic ending to the movie “Seven” = cinematic gold.

  3. Billy says:

    I’d like to see how this dinky robot traverses across the pasture to my ranch house. With all of this rain that we’ve had lately, the only way you’re getting to my house is on foot, ATV, or horse. Oh, and be sure to watch out for them cow patties!

  4. Justin Seine says:

    Wow! Now porch pirates won’t have to venture up to the porch in view of electronic surveillance. They can get a robot and its contents in a single heist sight unseen.

  5. Jesus says:

    This will never work in the Hood areas. They will STEAL the Robot and Packages as fast as you can say Goodies! These people live in a Dream world and the only place this would work in Mayberry in the Andy Griffith show…LMAO!

    • Fjtorres says:

      Upscale gated communities.

      • Masterblaster says:

        You needs hands to press the button on the keypad and God-forbid if it has to talk to the customer. It can’t step up over a curb much less climb stairs. This thing will go as far as the drone service, all talk and no implementation.

  6. Stephano Diaz says:

    this seems like a great ad for amazon… not really meant to deliver pcks because it would be so inefficient

  7. Olavi says:

    Looks very similar to Starship technologies delivery robot that has been operational for a couple of years now in some neighbourhoods in different countries around the world.

  8. AR says:

    this thing is like the Rube Goldberg machine
    of business strategy

  9. Steve says:

    “…the robot moves along at a slow walking pace…” At that rate, this machine will deliver one, maybe two, packages per day. Not exactly the definition of efficient. And, what happens when the batteries die while this machine is making deliveries???

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