Expect for more robots coming the way with Amazon
The e-commerce giant, Amazon, is rolling out its robot delivery trial to cities in the United States. They have launched Amazon scout, last January 2019, for their alternative delivery system. The first batch was first developed and tested in Snohomish County, then was rolled out in Irvine, California in August 2019. Now, the company extended that trial to select customers in Atlanta, Franklin, Georgia, and Tennessee.
In an Amazon blog post, Sean Scott, VP of Amazon Scout, said the service was recently used to help meet customer demand in the trial areas during the pandemic, with its existing fleet of their delivery vehicles.
“Amazon Scout has continued to operate during the pandemic and helped us meet increased customer demand by supplementing our transportation network,” the post stated. “Adding Atlanta and Franklin to our existing operations gives Scout devices the opportunity to operate in varied neighborhoods with different climates than they operate in today.”
The post noted that Amazon also has an enormous presence in Franklin and Atlanta through warehouses and corporate offices, further explaining the location of choice.
According to Scott, these little six-wheeled, cooler-sized robot rolls along at a walking pace and can identify and navigate around obstacles, including pedestrians. An “Amazon Scout Ambassador will also initially accompany them” and deliver Monday through Friday in daylight hours. The company stipulated a “small number” of devices would come to each city.