Amazon Scout is now field testing autonomous deliveries

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Amazon is starting the service out with six Scout devices making deliveries Monday thru Friday during daylight hours.

Amazon Scout has officially been let loose to field test its autonomous delivery capabilities and may be coming to your neighborhood soon. Amazon Scout has been in development for a while now and is designed to safely deliver packages to Amazon customers. Amazon has picked a neighborhood in Snohmish County Washington to be the first to test Amazon Scout.

How will delivery by Amazon Scout work? Customers in Snohomish County order just as they normally would and their Amazon packages will be delivered either by one of our trusted partner carriers or by Amazon Scout. Customers can shop on the Amazon App or amazon.com and enjoy the same delivery options including fast, FREE Same-Day, One-Day and Two-Day shipping for Prime members.

Amazon is starting the service out with six Scout devices making deliveries Monday thru Friday during daylight hours. While they will be autonomous, there will be an Amazon employee following along to be sure things go as intended. Amazon says that Scout is safe and has been programmed to navigate around pets, people, and objects in its path.

“We are delighted to welcome Amazon Scout into our community. Similar to Amazon, we are always looking for new ways to better deliver service to our residents. From the latest Amazon innovation to cutting edge technology, Snohomish County is a great place for entrepreneurial creativity.”

It will be interesting to see the results Amazon gets from this field test. No word on when Scout will be deployed to other communities but I’m sure it won’t be that far out. I wouldn’t doubt that we’ll see a report at some point involving a car and Scout collision. It’s bound to happen.

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 Source: Amazon
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