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Introduction: According to US technology media ZDNet, Amazon disclosed the latest unmanned distribution project to deliver parcels through a six-wheeled distribution robot called Scout.

According to US technology media ZDNet, Amazon disclosed the latest unmanned distribution project, delivering packages through a six-wheeled distribution robot called Scout.

Amazon said that this pure electric device was independently developed by the Amazon Research and Development Center in Amazon, and its size is similar to that of a small refrigerator.

This robot can travel on the sidewalk at ordinary people's walking speed and deliver packages to users during the daytime from Monday to Friday.

Currently only six Scout distribution robots are being tested in a community in Snooker County, Washington. Amazon said that human supervisors will accompany the robots in the early stages of testing to ensure that these devices are able to properly handle obstacles such as humans and pets.

In addition to Scout, Amazon is also experimenting with a variety of modes of transportation such as drones and Prime brand cargo planes. The drone distribution service launched in 2013 is still under test and has not yet been launched for the mass market. But there is no indication that the company will abandon drone distribution and switch to ground robots.

However, considering that drones face enormous regulatory and security barriers, Scout may be deployed prior to the Prime Air drone.

At the same time, Scout robots can help Amazon get rid of the reliance on companies such as UPS and FedEx in the “last mile” distribution process. Amazon has always optimized its supply chain, distribution and logistics operations, but the “last mile” will be handed over to the courier company. However, due to the extremely high logistics costs, Amazon has taken measures to develop new distribution methods.

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