Not to be outdone by its competition, Amazon is now getting into the self-driving robot delivery game. With its Prime Air drone deliveries which were presumably stuck in regulatory hell, Amazon has turned its stare to the ground, with the new Amazon Scout delivery robots.
These all-electric robots which look similar to the ones from Robby Technologies that we have seen popping up on university campuses recently. It has six wheels that propel the top-lidded robot along the sidewalk at the walking place. At first, only one neighborhood will have tiny delivery robots, in Snohomish County and Washington State.
Apart from the fact that customers won’t have a human delivery person talk to, it’s remarkably similar to any other Amazon Prime delivery. Orders are made the same way, and the same Same-day, One-day, and Two-days shipping options are also available. Six Scout units will be on the district to start with, only on weekdays and during daylights hours for safety reasons.
More about the Amazon delivery robots
An Amazon employ will be chaperoning the Scouts to start with, to make sure that the little robots do not sneak off to smoke in back alleys. A sophisticated array of sensors will be installed to prevent Scouts from bumping into pedestrians, pets or other potential obstacles while they are in operation.
Is this an answer to ‘last mile’ woes?
With Amazon facing a rise in costs for delivery, as well as strain on the existing networks as more of people shop online, robots like Scout are one possible way to fix the last-mile quandary. But still, it doesn’t raise important questions about the existing relationships with the carriers. Will, the emergence of robots, put them out of work eventually?
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