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The Amazon Scout Wheeled Robot hits the Streets

Amazon’s vaunted delivery drone; the Amazon Scout, have finally hit the streets and it is a wheeled robot.

Amazon Scout; a six-wheeled robot is making deliveries in Snohomish County, Washington State, and Irvine, California, a press release and media reports claim. Interestingly, they design Scout; which is about the size of a baby carriage, to operate on the sidewalks.

Essentially, Scout is a box on six wheels that hauls merchandise from a van to your home. An Amazon video shows Scout pulling up to a house and a customer opening the box and retrieving packages. Thus, a good way to think of Scout is as a storage locker on six wheels.

Will Amazon Scout Work?

I think the Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Scout is more realistic than the famous flying drones.


However, Scout could be harder to sell to the public. For instance, will people accept a wheeled box driving down sidewalks? There has already been a big backlash against electric scooters in some cities.


Moreover, Scout will be impractical in rural areas; neighborhoods with no sidewalks, and suburbs with long distances between homes. Yet Amazon designed Scout to be in-obtrusive, The Verge reports.


Thus, Scout could face less opposition than Digit, Agility Robotics’ walking delivery robot. Ford (NYSE: F) could test Digit delivery from the back of a Transit van, Market Mad House speculates.


It looks as if delivery robots are a reality. However, nobody knows how the public will react to these contrivances. Expect to see some ugly and paranoid attacks on robot delivery as companies expand its use. 

Originally published at on August 22, 2019.