Amazon is expanding the rollout of its Scout automated delivery robots to two new cities as lockdown drives demand for contactless delivery.
Amazon has been testing its cooler-sized automated delivery robots since the start of 2019 in its hometown of Seattle, expanding tests to South California in August.
Its Scout delivery bots, developed entirely by Amazon engineers, will now be rolled out for testing in Atlanta, Georgia and Franklin Tennessee.
Designed to withstand the demands of travelling numerous miles a day, the cooler-sized vehicle uses cameras and ultrasonic sensors to detect and avoid obstacles, while autonomously navigating across urban areas to complete deliveries.
“We are starting with a small number of Amazon Scout devices in each city, delivering Monday through Friday, during daylight hours,” Amazon said in a blog post.
“Customers in both areas will order just as they normally would and their Amazon packages will be delivered either by one of our trusted carrier partners or by Amazon Scout.
“The same delivery options are available, including fast, free same-day, one-day, and two-day shipping for Prime members. The devices will autonomously follow their delivery route, and initially be accompanied by an Amazon Scout Ambassador.
“Expanding our field test to Atlanta and Franklin is one of the many steps forward for this new delivery system and on our path to net zero carbon by 2040.
“During a time when so many of our customers rely on us to get what they need, bringing Scout to these new locations supplements our transportation network and increases our capacity to deliver what our customers want: great selection, low prices, and fast shipping speeds.”