Amazon is launching a new self-driving delivery device called Scout, and it's adorable.
Scout is the size of a" small cooler " and can roll along sidewalks, delivering packages safely to a customer's doorstep. The device is currently operating in Snohomish County, Washington, the company announced Wednesday.
It's the latest development in Amazon's growing logistics business and the cutest last-mile solution yet .
"The devices will autonomously follow their delivery route but will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee," Amazon said in a statement. "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. "
The company is starting with just six Scout devices operating during weekdays and daylight hours. Amazon customers in Snohomish County ̵[ads1]1; just north of Seattl e – can order packages as they normally would. Scout navigates to the customer's door and automatically opens a top hatch to the customer to retrieve the package.
The release is a challenge to start-ups already in the space like Starship, TeleRetail and Marble.
Amazon previously announced last -mile delivery options including delivery to a customer's car, garage and inside their front door
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