Atlanta, meet Amazon’s new automated robot, Scout -- delivering packages to a door near you

ATLANTA — Pretty soon you may not get your Amazon package from a delivery truck, but a robot instead.

The retail giant announced Tuesday that Amazon Scout, a “fully-electric delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers using autonomous delivery devices,” will start delivering packages in Atlanta.

The robots are about the size of a cooler, and are designed to navigate around pets, people and other objects as it makes its delivery.

“From surfboards, to luggage, to refrigerators, and even Christmas trees waiting to be picked up for recycling — our autonomous devices have navigated around all types of objects on the sidewalk,” the company said in its blog.


Amazon said they will be testing their Scout devices here in Atlanta this week, and the robots will be delivering packages Monday through Friday, during daylight hours.

With the launch of Amazon Scout, the company said more jobs will also be coming to the area.

“Amazon built a team of technical and operations professionals in Atlanta and will continue to grow the Amazon Scout team here over time. Amazon Scout provides unique opportunities for employees to develop their skills in robotics, program management and operations and we’re proud to bring these opportunities to the area. This is in addition to existing 3,500+ full-time jobs Amazon has already created in Georgia — and we continue to hire,” company said.