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.