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Amazon expands robot delivery tests to Atlanta and Franklin

The e-commerce giant has already been testing the robots for contactless delivery in California and Washington and said they helped meet increased customer demand in the pandemic.

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Scout is supplementing Amazon's transportation network during the pandemic
Scout is supplementing Amazon's transportation network during the pandemic

Amazon has announced it is expanding field tests of its Scout autonomous delivery system to two new locations – Atlanta, Georgia, and Franklin, Tennessee.

 

The e-commerce giant has already been testing the six-wheeled robots for contactless delivery in Snohomish County, Washington, since last year, and more recently in the Irvine-area of California.

 

Meeting increased demand

 

Writing in a blog post about the announcement, Sean Scott, vice president of Amazon Scout, noted the all-electric vehicles had helped the company meet increased customer demand by supplementing its transportation network during the pandemic.

 

“We are starting with a small number of Amazon Scout devices in each city, delivering Monday through Friday, during daylight hours,” said Scott.

 

“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 devices will autonomously follow their delivery route, travel at a walking pace, and initially be accompanied by a Scout ambassador.

 

According to Amazon, the delivery devices are built to be “inherently safe”. Each delivery device can navigate around pets, pedestrians, and other objects in its path.

“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”

Adding Atlanta and Franklin to its existing operations gives Scout devices the opportunity to operate in varied neighbourhoods with different climates than in which they currently operate.

 

Amazon said it also has a significant presence in these areas through its corporate offices and logistics facilities. And, importantly, are both great places to find world-class talent.

 

“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,” continued Scott.

 

“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.”

 

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