Amazon’s delivery robot rolled out to more locations
Amazon’s Scout robots are bright blue six-wheeled robots about the size of your average cooler that started out as a trial programme in Washington state, but have now been extend into Irvine in Southern California.
Using scanners on the front, the Scout can navigate city streets, dodging everything from rubbish bins, to bikes, and skateboards.
As it stands, the Scout isn’t a delivery option customers can simply choose, they deliver from Monday to Friday during “daylight hours” as part of the existing delivery options on Amazon.
Same-Day, One-Day and Two-Day shipping for Prime members is what the Scout was made to do, and it does so by autonomously following a delivery route while accompanied by an Amazon Scout Ambassador.
Part technician, part researcher, these ambassadors make sure the Scout reaches where it needs to without a hitch.
The ambassadors also research how the general public interact with the Scout and note down how the robot’s interactions with people can be improved.
It is said the Scout’s exposure to the South Californian climate makes up part of a researching kick to see how the robot handles different environments.
The device is said to have been tested in rain, to snowstorms to sunshine.
It’s a prospect that has Esquire Middle East excited. “If the moving delivery bot can handle the Californian heat, it’s only a matter of time before it is all geared up to take on the Dubai summers and deliver us our goods,” it said.