A trial program for delivery robots on wheels in a county near Seattle has been launched by the e-commerce giant Amazon. It is purely electric and autonomous. These are intended for the delivery of parcels.
The company has just presented a strange machine to guarantee deliveries to the final buyer independently. This is not the first time that Jeff Bezos’ company is working to get rid of human deliverers.
Since 2013, Amazon’s drone delivery are in discussions. At the end of 2016, Amazon started to make its first drone flight. Now next to using drone, it is the start of an automatic delivery robot. Amazon is looking for an efficient delivery method with that robot.
The Robot “Scout” is a delivery carrier of a small cooler box size. A system that automatically runs on the ground on six wheel tires. It has a loaded sensor and delivers the delivered items to Amazon customers without any trouble.
Initially field tests were conducted, and a total of six Scouts will be launched. Originally, only the Scout is going for delivery, but Amazon’s employees went along with the delivery during the test.
The company also said that it will be able to proceed while passing up people and obstacles walking on the road at the same speed as people walk.
“We developed Amazon Scout at our research and development lab in Seattle, ensuring the devices can safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians and anything else in their path.” said on their website.
The delivery test will be only during the weekdays (Monday – Friday), but as long as the pilot test can make good results, it is possible Amazon will launch more in numbers and more services expanded to other areas as well.
Scout is somehow a subsequent attempt but certainly, it may not be efficient, such as at places where moving is hard and there are barrier and restrictions. It may also be disapproved for not being able to travel for long distance.