Amazon scales back Scout delivery robot program




 

In a statement offered to TechCrunch, Amazon notes that company isn't killing the robot altogether, but is instead scaling back the program. This is still a dramatic setback for the program, not to mention the 400 or so humans that were working on it. How small the new team will ultimately be remains to be seen.

A spokesperson for the company tells TechCrunch,

The program was officially unveiled in 2019, following the retail giant's quiet acquisition of robotics firm, Dispatch, two years prior. Amazon was expanding the service's reach into 2020, when it added Georgia and Tennessee to a list that already included select markets in California and Washington.

At the time, the company touted the program as a method for continuing deliveries amid Covid shutdowns, though the pilots still required the presence of "Scout Ambassadors" - humans tasked with making sure nothing went awry. All told, the service made a lot of sense for a e-commerce firm with deep investments in robotics. Of course, it's an already crowded field that's a long ways from mainstream adoption.

The decision to end real-world testing is part of a larger belt-tightening at the company that includes the recent discontinuation of its Glow hardware. All of that comes as Amazon is getting more aggressive about big ticket acquisitions under CEO, Andy Jassy - some of which have caught the attention of regulatory bodies like the FTC.

It's worth noting that Amazon's drone delivery service had its own struggles early on, though the past year has seen the company putting more promotional power into the offering, expanding its reach and peeling back the curtains at some of its R&D work.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Shop the 120+ best last-minute Amazon Cyber Monday deals still available
Shop the 120+ best last-minute Amazon Cyber Monday deals still available

You can still shop the best Cyber Monday Amazon deals we've found on AirPods Pro, Nintendo Switch, Meta Quest 2 VR, mattresses, air fryers and more.

District attorney revamps second chance program for non-violent offenders
District attorney revamps second chance program for non-violent offenders
  • US
  • 2022-11-29 03:00:39Z

The Tuscaloosa County district attorney says the Second Chance program is unique in that defendants pay their court costs and restitution in full.

50 best Amazon Cyber Monday deals under $100-shop AirPods, Kindles, Instant Pots and more
50 best Amazon Cyber Monday deals under $100-shop AirPods, Kindles, Instant Pots and more

Looking for the best Cyber Monday deals? Shop the best Amazon Cyber Monday deals under $100, including the Kindle Paperwhite and Instant Pot Duo Plus.

Cyber Monday is almost over. Don
Cyber Monday is almost over. Don't miss out on these best Amazon deals

You can still shop the best Cyber Monday Amazon deals we've found on AirPods Pro, Nintendo Switch, Meta Quest 2 VR, mattresses, air fryers and more.

Cyber Monday ending soon: 30+ TV deals on 4K, Smart TVs and more
Cyber Monday ending soon: 30+ TV deals on 4K, Smart TVs and more

Cyber Monday is halfway done. Shop the best deals on our top-tested TVs, including Samsung, TCL, Roku, Sony, and more before it's too late (updating live).

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Economy