Amazon has been testing its Scout supply robots close to its headquarters in Snohomish County, Washington, for just a few months. Today, it introduced that it’s increasing this system, and it’s set to start testing the robots within the Irving, California, space on a bigger scale.
To begin, Amazon will solely have “a small number of Amazon Scout devices,” which is able to solely ship packages on weekdays throughout daylight. Each Scout robotic may even be accompanied by a human Amazon worker to control issues (not less than as this system kicks off), regardless that the robots can be autonomously navigating and delivering their packages. These are the identical insurance policies that Amazon has been utilizing for its preliminary check in Washington, however the enlargement to a brand new metropolis proves that the corporate views it to be not less than considerably profitable.
According to Amazon, the Scout robots can be seamlessly built-in into orders for patrons within the Irvine space. If you purchase one thing on Amazon, relying on what makes essentially the most sense logistically, you’ll both get it shipped by means of regular means or it’ll be delivered by a Scout robotic.
Amazon has been coaching the Scout supply robots for months, utilizing a combination of real-world exams and digital simulations of cities (utilizing precise mapping and 3D knowledge of landscapes and obstacles). Scout isn’t Amazon’s solely foray into automated deliveries, nonetheless. The firm can also be exploring utilizing aerial drones for its Amazon Prime Air service — though, just like the Scout program, it’s nonetheless within the early levels.