Amazon has announced plans to launch a field test of Amazon Scout, its new electric autonomous delivery robots, in Franklin on July 21.
“Amazon Scout delivery devices are built to be inherently safe. They’re the size of a small cooler and move at a walking pace,” Sean Scott, vice president of Amazon Autonomous Delivery, said in an Amazon-sponsored blog post. “We are starting with a small number of Amazon Scout devices in each city, delivering Monday through Friday, during daylight hours. Customers in both areas will order just as they normally would and their Amazon packages will be delivered either by one of our trusted carrier partners or by Amazon Scout.”
According to Scott’s post, the robots will initially be accompanied by Amazon Scout Ambassadors, or employees, and the same delivery options will be available for Franklin residents from the company.
Additionally, the multi-billion dollar delivery company plans to partner with local schools near Franklin and Atlanta, another location for the company’s field test, to support STEM and robotics activities, according to the post from Scott.
“During a time when so many of our customers rely on us to get what they need, bringing Scout to these new locations supplements our transportation network and increases our capacity to deliver what our customers want: great selection, low prices and fast shipping speeds,” Scott said in the blog post.