Amazon has been using robots in its warehouses for several years, trying to automate as many stages of sorting and delivery of goods as possible. In addition, in 2016, the company began using drones to deliver purchases to the British under the Amazon Prime Air program. This week, Jeff Bezos ‘ company began field testing six six-wheeled robot couriers Scout. They will make purchases to residents of Snohomish in Washington, according to the company’s blog.
The robot-deliverer is made in the form of a small portable refrigerator with a niche for goods inside. No technical details about the robot company does not report, but the blog indicates that Scout is able to overcome various obstacles on the sidewalk, which may indicate that it uses machine vision technology. Apparently, with the help of the same technologies will be carried out and customer identification.
The products ordered through the Scout will be delivered on weekdays only. All the way to the delivery of the ordered purchases the robot will perform independently, but it is specified that the first time it will be accompanied by an Amazon employee.
Amazon is not the only company that will use delivery robots. More recently, it became known that the company Starship Technologies has received permission to use similar robots to deliver food to students at George Mason University. The company also signed agreements with food companies Blaze Pizza, Dunkin’ and Starbucks.
Last year, Alibaba (one of the largest Asian conglomerates working in the field of Internet Commerce) and RoboSense announced plans to jointly develop unmanned vans for the delivery of goods. At the last international electronics exhibition CES-2019 Continental company presented its vision of the issue-it offers to deliver goods with the help of vans and small robots-dogs.