Amazon Begins Testing Autonomous Package Delivery Via Cooler-Sized 'Scout' Robots

January 24, 2019

This week Amazon began testing autonomous package deliveries in neighborhoods in Snohomish County, Washington, via its new fleet of Scouts, little drink-cooler sized six-wheeled robots. Some more info while I order some toys. "ADULT toys?" Well I am an adult. "Soooo...." LEGO sets, pervert.

While the robots can navigate by themselves, an Amazon employee will accompany them, at least for now.

Scout is about the size of a small cooler and it trundles along at walking pace. Amazon claims the battery-powered robot can safely deal with obstacles such as pedestrians and pets. However, it's not yet clear how Scout verifies customers' identity to make sure its storage hatch opens only for the correct people.

Yeah, how does it make sure to only open for the correct person? And where's its home base? How many packages does it carry at once? And how do I know the person whose delivery is right before mine won't just help themselves to the sex toys I ordered? "I thought you were buying LEGO sets." LOL, you sound like my girlfriend. "Because I believed you?" Yes, especially considering I've never given you any reason to do anything but not believe me -- I'm pretty sure that makes it your bad.

Keep going for a video demonstration of a Scout in action.

Thanks to Elizabeth B, who agrees Amazon should just launch packages into the sky and have them fall down our chimneys Santa Clause style. Seriously would that be so hard?

  • Jenness

    In my town the tires would be off of this in no time, bullets in it and all the packages stolen

  • Weaselking

    Makes me think of the Eddie canister bot from Mega Man

  • Munihausen

    Mega Man 2 has the greatest OST in video game history.

  • Weaselking

    this is what i put on when i work out!! megaman 2 cover at its best

  • Deksam

    Do these robots in a Cooler disguise say "That's just prime" when they open ???
    Maybe they should.

  • Ghost Pirates

    Nice! A robot who will give me a package and take my garbage.

  • Bling Nye

    "Hey, I had to poop, so I have this app on my phone, and the toilet comes to me!"

  • Holy shit. This is going to be a thing. Old Man Bezos is gonna HATE this!

  • Yea, but what about the fact that people are shit? The video doesn't show how it will combat the issues with dockless bikes and scooters.

    That includes people throwing these in the garbage, people dragging these into their home or garage as a hostage, people pissing all over or in these, people ripping these things to shreds, people getting a $30 kit over the internet to reprogram it for your own personal use.

    People are shit. Amazon should be well aware of that.

  • Bling Nye

    While I totally agree that people are shit and 'this is why we can't have nice things' ... I think these might survive better than you'd expect... Pretty sure this thing is running with multiple cameras covering every angle of approach, with video feed straight to the cloud, and location tracking to within a few inches... Also, I would't be surprised if cops start to use them as 'bait'... they could just hang back, watch and wait. Plus, I also imagine these things would only be delivering during daylight hours.

    Actually, now that I think about it, I'm hoping people try to vandalize one of these soon because I'd love to see the response and how it's dealt with...

  • Do you honestly think cops give a shit if an amazon beer cooler with wheels gets stolen or destroyed? You think they are going to pull people off of murders and robberies to staff up an amazon package protection division? You think that Bezos is going to use his damn near infinite money to make this a success by funding that division leading us to a dystopian future of privatized poli... oh goddamn it, he's going to do this isn't he.

    I'm gonna stop right here and concede the point.

  • Munihausen

    It's Friday, bro. Misanthropy is for Mondays.

  • I'm back, and we're fucked.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Wooder

    I question the future of this. So in Washington where it snows and rains hard, does it have 4x4 and get through big puddles...
    Can it even cross the road without been reduces to nuts and bolts..**still shaking head**

  • GeneralDisorder

    It appears to have 6x6. Although bigger beefier wheels/tires may be in order for rougher terrain.

  • Titty McNipplefondler
  • Closet Nerd

    You know they ain't sending that shit to Philly, you remember what we did to the hitch-hiking robot!!!!

  • Eric Ord

    Somehow this reminds me of when Homer Simpson would beat the shit out of the weather station in high school to impress Marge.

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