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Amazon Shuts Down Autonomous Delivery Robots

The company deep-sixed Scout.

Amazon is pulling the plug on tests for Scout, its autonomous delivery robot pilot program.

According to Bloomberg, the approximately 400 people who were working on the project will be offered jobs elsewhere within Amazon.

The company will continue to maintain a small team working on delivery robots but it will not continue with the Scout program.

Amazon in 2019 announced the robots and said they would begin making deliveries in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington.

The company started out with six Scout robots that were making deliveries Monday through Friday during daylight hours.

The small, six-wheel robots would autonomously drive to homes and let customers retrieve their packages from its secured compartment.

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