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Meet Scout: Amazon Is Taking Its Prime Delivery Robots to the South


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Amazon's Scout delivery robot.

Amazon will deploy its Scout autonomous delivery system in Atlanta, GA, and Franklin, TN.

Credit: Aston Stan/Hybrid Angle LLC

Amazon has announced the deployment of its Scout autonomous delivery system to Atlanta, GA, and Franklin, TN, following year-long pilots elsewhere.

The company in January 2019 launched Scout, an electric delivery robot, in the Seattle region before expanding to Irvine, CA, in August.

The rovers can navigate around pets, pedestrians, and other objects on sidewalks; they are engineered to travel at a walking pace, and will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee.

The carriers help to reduce human-to-human contact during the coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon Scout's Sean Scott said the service has helped the company fulfill growing customer demand during the crisis.

The Atlanta and Franklin rollouts are intended to extend the service to diverse neighborhoods with different climates than those in which the robots currently operate.

From USA Today
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