Amazon rolls out foolproof delivery, Scout’s honour

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Amazon rolls out foolproof delivery, Scout’s honour

Already up and running, the autonomous machines are programmed to find their way to customers’ addresses

Margi Murphy


Amazon is using robots to deliver packages to customers’ doors through its Prime service. Six of the cooler-box sized bots this week took to the pavements in Washington state.
The autonomous machines are programmed to find their way to customers’ addresses, but for now they will be closely monitored by humans, the retail giant said in a blog. Named Amazon Scout, the bright blue bots operate during daylight hours but have been wired to “navigate around pets, pedestrians and anything else in their path”, creator and Amazon veteran Sean Scott wrote.
It is not the first novel delivery method from the Seattle-based technology giant. In 2016 it delivered its first package to a home in Cambridge using a drone, marking the first customer to receive an order via instant air mail.
The short-distance drone took 13 minutes to deliver an Amazon Fire TV and bag of popcorn to a customer from the moment they ordered online.
Founder Jeff Bezos said he had long dreamed of a fleet of Amazon drones flying through the skies. At the time, he said the company was aiming to use drones to get small items to customers within 30 minutes.
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