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Clear the sidewalks, Amazon’s new delivery bot Scout is coming through.
The Prime bot, which looks like a light blue cooler on six wheels, started delivering packages Wednesday in Snohomish County, north of Seattle.
The bot will work alongside usual Amazon delivery methods (aka human drivers) and only six of the robots will be rolling around to start. The Scouts will only drop off packages Monday through Friday during daylight hours.
The electric device is autonomous, but to start an Amazon employee will “shadow” Scout to make sure it is properly accomplishing its Primely duties.
The bots arrival comes before Amazon Prime Air — the company’s drone delivery service that still hasn’t taken off. Sure there was an inaugural flight more than two years ago, but the company says the project is still in development.
As to when an Amazon drone could join Scout as part of a robotic delivery fleet, the company can’t really say. “We will deploy when and where we have the regulatory support needed to safely realize our vision,” Amazon says.
With Scout’s announcement also came new Amazon job listings: software engineers, robotics scientists, and more. Looks like Amazon’s army of robots could be growing soon.