Online marketplace Amazon has launched Amazon Scout – a new service that uses a fleet of autonomous robotic vehicles to make last-mile deliveries.
Decorated in Amazon’s blue livery, the Scout robots have been fitted with sensors that enable them to safely navigate the sidewalk and avoid pedestrians or any other obstructions.
Amazon will initially use six robots to deliver packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington. The devices will autonomously follow their delivery route but will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee.
Dave Somers, Snohomish County executive, said, “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.”