Amazon tests their ‘Scout’ delivery robot

Scout is a small, six-wheeled vehicle with a Prime logo embedded on its side, a variety of sensors that navigate it securely through the streets, sidewalks, driveways, and other random daily barriers. The small robot is fully independent, without any human driver or operator.

Before this recent announcement, Scout robots were mainly used to ferry packages around Snohomish County, Washington; near Amazon HQ. This gave the company more control over the robot, but now Amazon feels they are prepared to spread their wings and operate further away from home.

If you live in the Irvine region, you may notice that one of these mini robots will deliver your next Amazon order. You don’t have to sign a unique opt-in contract; integration is seamless and random, so there’s no reliable way to ensure you get a Scout order. However, if you order sufficient packages on a weekly basis through Amazon, your chances will definitely increase.

However, if you have your heart set on finding one of these little boys, here is some extra data: the pool of original Scout robots will be tiny and they will only offer packages every week from Monday to Friday during the daytime (likely to reduce the danger of theft or vandalism during the night).

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