On Jan. 23, 2019 Amazon’s Sean Scott, VP of Amazon Scout announced on the company’s blog that the e-commerce retailer would begin delivering packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, WA beginning on Wednesday. The autonomous delivery devices, created by Amazon, are the size of a small cooler and roll along sidewalks at a walking pace, Scott wrote.
The company has started with six Amazon Scout devices that will deliver packages from Monday through Friday, during daylight hours. “The devices will autonomously follow their delivery route but will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee. We developed Amazon Scout at our research and development lab in Seattle, ensuring the devices can safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians and anything else in their path,” Scott said in the blog.
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.”