Amazon rolls out new delivery robot called Scout

The Independent - Tech

Amazon has launched a new robot delivery service in the US using a six wheeled machine that is "the size of a small cooler". The Amazon Scout uses self-driving technology to navigate through neighbourhoods to deliver packages to Amazon Prime customers, though its initial roll out is limited. The first deliveries are taking place in Snohomish County, just to the north of Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Deliveries will be limited to daylight hours between Monday and Friday amd only six of the Scout delivery robots will be deployed at first. Each will also be accompanied by an Amazon employee to ensure they can safely navigate around any pedestrians or pets it might come across.

Amazon looking to shift to one-day Prime shipping and delivering orders wherever you want

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You might say that when it comes to delivery, Amazon is flooding the zone. With Walmart and Target nipping at its heels, the e-commerce giant is determined to win the delivery wars by dropping off packages wherever, and whenever, a shopper might want to receive them. For the first time, this year, Amazon delivered items to Coachella. On a business trip but didn't pack your tie? Hilton Hotels are among the locations where you can have one shipped to an Amazon locker. In Snohomish County, Washington, a robot may bring packages to your door.

Amazon makes its first Prime Air drone delivery to a customer

New Scientist

Amazon has completed its first customer delivery by drone. The company made the used its Prime Air service for the first time to deliver goods to a customer in Cambridgeshire on December 7. Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos confirmed the delivery in a tweet. First-ever #AmazonPrimeAir customer delivery is in the books. Check out the video: Amazon said a new private trial – also in the UK – will now deliver packages up to 2.3 kg in weight in 30 minutes or less using the drones, which it began testing earlier this year.

Self-driving robot delivery guys set to take over UK, Switzerland, Germany


You could consider the robots the land-based cousins of Amazons' Prime Air delivery drones. Both inventions are based on the same principle: the autonomous delivery of consumer goods. London-based Starship Technologies, the creator of these robots, says consumers will soon be able to order groceries, packages and food online for delivery by autonomous robots that are located within a two to three-mile radius. The self-driving robots will wander down city streets towards their location goals while being supervised remotely by human operators in control centers. The eco-friendly robots can handle up to two bags of groceries at a time and are manufactured from off-the-shelf components to keep the cost down.

Amazon lets Prime members choose a weekly delivery day


Amazon is introducing a new delivery option, allowing Prime members in the US to select a certain day of the week on which their orders will be delivered. The company is calling it Amazon Day and it's currently being rolled out on an invite-only basis, according to CNET. With this option, Prime members can choose a day of the week that's most convenient for them, and on that day, they'll receive all of the orders they placed that week that they instructed to be delivered on their Amazon Day. "Amazon is always innovating and looking for new ways to surprise and delight our customers, and we're excited to be testing a new service aimed at making the delivery experience more convenient for customers," an Amazon spokesperson told Engadget. Amazon Day is the latest delivery option from the company geared towards convenience.