Amazon Scout Delivery Robot Expands To California

Amazon Scout, a robot that delivers Amazon packages to customer’s houses, is now expanding from Seattle to Southern California, Irvine specifically. Only a small number of packages will be delivered through Amazon Scout Monday through Friday in daytime hours. Customers will order normally and could receive a delivery from Scout or a regular home delivery.

Scout honors Amazon’s same-day, one-day and two-day shipping for Prime members. Initially, the delivery robot will be accompanied by an Amazon Scout Ambassador, according to a blog post from Amazon. While the company is still in field test mode for the Amazon Scout, they plan to expand their product to other locations in the future.

Amazon Scout
Amazon Scout. Photo provided by Amazon

Amazon Incentivizes Employees To Start Delivery Businesses

In the spring of 2019, Amazon expanded its Delivery Service Partner program in the United States in hopes for getting former employees to start their own delivery businesses, reducing Prime shipping speeds. The company will give former employees $10,000 to fund their startup costs, along with three months of their former gross salaries at Amazon. Previously, many employees wanted to join the program, but felt held back financially, according to Dave Clark, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations.

In-Car Delivery With Amazon Key

Amazon also unleashed another delivery program, in-car delivery through Amazon Key. With this program, users can get delivered in their cars, whether they’re home or not. It’s intended for people on vacations or people who want to keep a package a secret. However, Amazon Key In-Car is on available for the following types of cars:

  • 2015 or newer Chevrolet with an active OnStar account
  • 2015 or newer Buick with an active OnStar account
  • 2015 or newer GMC with an active OnStar account
  • 2015 or newer Cadillac with an active OnStar account
  • 2015 or newer Volvo with an active Volvo On Call account.

It is unclear how Amazon’s previous delivery programs will be affected by the Amazon Scout, which automates the process of delivery.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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