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Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State


Amazon's Scout delivery robot hits the streets.

Amazon is pilot-testing a wheeled electric delivery robot in Snohomish County, WA.

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Amazon is pilot-testing a wheeled electric robot that travels on pavements to deliver packages to customers in Snohomish County, WA.

Said Amazon's Sean Scott, "We developed Amazon Scout at our research and development lab in Seattle, ensuring the devices can safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians, and anything else in their path."

Six Scouts have been dispatched for the trial, which is one of several conducted by various companies as an alternative to road delivery.

Meanwhile, Starship Technologies recently dispatched 24 autonomous pavement robots to deliver coffee and pizza to students at George Mason University in Virginia.

Delivery robots also have been operating on San Francisco streets for several years, but legislation limits their use, allowing them to function only within certain neighborhoods, while also requiring constant accompaniment by humans.

From BBC News
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