Update: The invasion of Amazon's robots has begun
Last updated 7/23/2021 at 12:11pm
Some Mukilteo residents have reported sightings of Amazon's new Scout delivery system in their neighborhood.
The reaction? Mixed.
In a post on Amazon's website, vice president of Amazon Scout Sean Scott described Scout as a fully electric delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers using autonomous delivery devices.
The devices are the size of a small cooler. Amazon Scout delivers packages Monday through Friday during daylight hours.
"The devices will autonomously follow their delivery route, but will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee," Scott said. "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."
Snohomish County is the first community where Amazon Scout was tested.
Av Zammit, Amazon spokesperson, provided The Beacon with additional information about Amazon Scout.
Zammit said, "Each delivery device can navigate around pets, pedestrians and other objects in its path. The delivery device is small, lightweight, travels slowly, and has been designed to deal with the complexities of a neighborhood environment. From surfboards, to luggage, to refrigerators, and even Christmas trees waiting to be picked up for recycling – our autonomous devices have navigated around all types of objects on the sidewalk."
"We are delighted to welcome Amazon Scout into our community," Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said. "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."
This story has been updated with additional information from Amazon.