Amazon have been hard at work developing a new, fully-electric delivery system - Amazon Scout - designed to safely get packages to customers using autonomous delivery devices. These devices were created by Amazon, are the size of a small cooler, and roll along sidewalks at a walking pace. Starting this week, these devices will begin delivering packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Last Mile Electric Vehicles 2018-2028.
How will delivery by Amazon Scout work? Customers in Snohomish County order just as they normally would and their Amazon packages will be delivered either by partner carriers or by Amazon Scout. Customers can shop on the Amazon App or amazon.com and enjoy the same delivery options including fast, FREE Same-Day, One-Day and Two-Day shipping for Prime members.
The trial will start with six Amazon Scout devices, delivering packages Monday through Friday, during daylight hours. The devices will autonomously follow their delivery route but will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee. Amazon Scout can safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians and anything else in their path.
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said: "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."
The learnings from this first neighbourhood will be used to improve the service so Amazon Scout can, over time, provide even more sustainability and convenience to customer deliveries.
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