Amazon has introduced its newest gadget, Scout, which is designed to safely deliver packages to customers using autonomous delivery devices.
The bots, created by Amazon, are the size of a small cooler and roll along at a walking pace. According to a blog post on the company's website, the devices will begin delivering packages on Wednesday in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington.
"We are delighted to welcome Amazon Scout into our community. Similar to Amazon, we are always looking for new ways to better deliver service to our residents. From the latest Amazon innovation to cutting edge technology, Snohomish County is a great place for entrepreneurial creativity," says Snohomish County executive Dave Somers.
Customers in Snohomish County can order items as they normally do, and their packages will be delivered by either a parcel carrier or by Amazon Scout. Customers can enjoy the same delivery options that Amazon is known to offer.
The company will initially start with six Amazon Scout devices and will deliver packages Monday through Friday during daylight hours. The Scout devices will autonomously follow their delivery route and will be accompanied by an Amazon employee to start out.