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Amazon’s delivery robot ‘Scout’ starts trials

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Amazon’s delivery robot ‘Scout’ starts trials. Scout is delivering packages to customers in a Washington neighborhood.

Amazon is working on delivery robots, and it’s already bringing the self-driving machines to the streets. Starting today, six Amazon Scout devices are delivering packages in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington, north of Amazon’s Seattle home base. While the robots can navigate by themselves, an Amazon employee will accompany them, at least for now.

Scout is about the size of a small cooler and it trundles along at walking pace. Amazon claims the battery-powered robot can safely deal with obstacles such as pedestrians and pets. However, it’s not yet clear how Scout verifies customers’ identity to make sure its storage hatch opens only for the correct people.

Amazon's delivery robot Scout

 

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