Amazon announced Wednesday (January 23rd) that it's going to be carrying out a trial of mobile robots called "Amazon Scout" to deliver packages in the suburbs north of Seattle. The wheeled robots are about the size of a cooler and travel along sidewalks at walking speed. Six of the robots will be used, which are designed to navigate around obstacles, such as people and pets. However, Dan Kara, vice president of robotics at WTWH Media, questioned to Time if delivery robots like this would be practical anytime soon, citing real-world issues that present engineering challenges like weather conditions, steep inclines and curbs. Amazon also has been working on and testing drone delivery, and last year launched a program encouraging people to start their own businesses delivering packages to both expand delivery capacity and reduce reliance on UPS and FedEx.
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