E-commerce giant Amazon is entering the robot delivery scene and has made its own autonomous six-wheeled delivery robot, named the Amazon Scout. It delivers their services with an electric hamper on wheels. With its advanced innovation, Amazon became the latest company to try its hand at this kind of automated, last-mile delivery solution, following a crop of startups, along with experiments by larger firms such as Domino’s Pizza and PepsiCo.
The Amazon Scout has six wheels, is powered by an electric battery and moves at a walking pace. The company is currently being trialed only six devices in an individual area in Snohomish County, Washington, where they will deliver packages in daytime hours between Monday and Friday. Customers in Snohomish County order just as they commonly would and their Amazon packages will be delivered either by one of the company’s trusted partner carriers or by Amazon Scout. The robots will be conducted on their rounds by human overseers, to begin with. This is to assure that the devices can safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians and anything else in their path, as noted by the company.
The same robotics trials are already trying in cities worldwide and in more closed-off locations like college campuses and office complexes. Cheap sensors and advances in Machine Learning have made navigation for this kind of robot comparably easy to control. And when the device makes a mistake, the risks are relatively small. The Amazon Scout is coming down to a path that could become very common, quickly. Built by Amazon, the six-wheeled Scout size looks like a small cooler, and roll along sidewalks at a walking pace.