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Amazon Abandons Home Delivery Robot Tests in Latest Cost Cuts

  • Slow-moving cooler-sized Scout had been in testing since 2019
  • Machine axed as Amazon adjusts to slower sales growth
Scout home delivery robot
Scout home delivery robotSource: Inc.
Updated on Inc. is shutting down tests of its home delivery robot, the latest sign that the e-commerce giant is starting to wind down experimental projects amid slowing sales growth.

Work on Scout, an autonomous machine launched about three years ago, has already been halted, according to a person familiar with the situation. Amazon spokesperson Alisa Carroll said the Scout team was being disbanded and would be offered new jobs in the organization. About 400 people were working on the project globally, according to the person, who requested anonymity to discuss a private matter. A skeleton crew will continue to consider the idea of an autonomous robot, but the current iteration isn’t working.