Amazon unveils ‘Scout’ delivery robot that walks the streets of Washington to deliver packages
Amazon unveils ‘Scout’ delivery bot that will roam the streets of Seattle to deliver packages
- The clear blue robots on batteries can deliver packages autonomously
- Six Scout robots are used in an area in Snohomish County, Washington
- They roll at a ‘walking pace’ and avoid people and pets on the sidewalk
Amazon is rolling out self-driving delivery robots.
The internet giant announced Wednesday that six Scout robots will deliver packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington.
Every Scout robot is a squat, bright blue device that spins on six wheels.
The battery-powered devices are about the size of a small cooler and can deliver packages autonomously.
And residents of cities or suburbs do not have to worry about Scout running over them on the street, as Amazon says the robots “roll down sidewalks at a pace”.
It seems that on every device there is a door that users can lift open to remove their package.
It is unclear how the robots verify the identity of the user, but other autonomous delivery robots, such as the Postmates delivery robot, require users to first enter a code on the device’s touchscreen before they can retrieve their order.
For now, Scout devices deliver packages from Monday through Friday during the day, Sean Scott, vice president of Amazon Scout, wrote on a blogspot.
“The devices follow their delivery route autonomously, but are initially accompanied by an Amazon employee,” Scott explains.
Every Scout robot is a squat, bright blue device that spins on six wheels. The fully electrical appliances are about the size of a small cooler and can deliver packages autonomously
“We have developed Amazon Scout in our research and development lab in Seattle so that the devices can navigate safely and efficiently around pets, pedestrians and everything else in their path.”
Scott added that the company will use what it learns from the first Scout trial to “offer even more sustainability and convenience to customer deliveries.”
Aside from Scout, Amazon would also develop delivery issues that could also revolutionize the final part of the delivery process.
It also uses robots in its warehouses to perform maintenance tasks.
Last mile delivery includes the process of getting a package from the warehouse or a delivery van to your door.
WHAT ARE THE ANTI-ROBOT TECH VESTS FROM AMAZON?
Amazon is increasingly relying on robots for some subordinate tasks in its warehouses, from transporting goods over short distances to storage shelves.
Now the internet giant has devised a system to protect employees from being run over by roaming robots.
Employees are equipped with ‘robotic tech vests’ that inform the machines of their whereabouts so that possible accidents are avoided.
Employees are equipped with ‘robotic tech vests’ that inform robots about their whereabouts. They are designed by Amazon Robotics and worn as a pair of suspenders on a belt
During the past year, employees in more than 25 implementation centers were able to use the vests.
The vests are designed by Amazon Robotics and are worn as a pair of suspenders that are attached to a belt.
The device is full of sensors that communicate with nearby robots, which warns them at the location of an employee, so that they do not bump into it.
However, Amazon is not the only tech giant that develops delivery drones.
In the past December, roommates unveiled her ‘Serve’ robot, which is intended for food delivery, can carry a load capacity of up to 50 pounds and can travel up to 30 miles with a single load.
Starship Technologies’ slow-moving delivery bots have been tested all over the world, including in Hamburg, Washington and California, and deliver everything from groceries to takeaway pizza.
They have traveled more than 100,000 miles in test mode in more than 100 cities in 20 different countries.
This week, the company announced that the robots would deliver food to students and staff at George Mason University.