Amazon Scout, an electric autonomous delivery robot designed to deliver packages to consumers are now operating in two new locations, Atlanta, Georgia and Franklin, Tennessee.
Delivery robots have been making an appearance here and there for a little while now but since the outbreak, the scout robots have been quietly helping efforts by providing a contactless delivery method that according to Amazon helped meet consumer demand in some parts of the US by supplementing their transportation network.
“We are 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 our trusted carrier partners or by Amazon Scout. The same delivery options are available, including fast, 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.”
According to Amazon, the Scout delivery robot is special due to its safety. Each delivery device can navigate around pets, pedestrians, and other objects which make it a great part of the delivery team. The expansion will also help Amazon work their robots in different neighborhoods and climates and develop the devices accordingly.
“Expanding our field test to Atlanta and Franklin is one of the many steps forward for this new delivery system and on our path to net zero carbon by 2040. During a time when so many of our customers rely on us to get what they need, bringing Scout to these new locations supplements our transportation network and increases our capacity to deliver what our customers want: great selection, low prices, and fast shipping speeds.”