AMAZON Delivery Robots To Roam Seattle Sidewalks… Record Spending on Lobbying

Amazon Starts Testing ‘Scout’ Delivery Robots Near Seattle

E-commerce giant brings automation to expensive last-mile
Cooler-sized bots will operate Monday to Friday during day

Amazon.com Inc. will use robots to deliver packages in the suburbs north of Seattle, its latest experiment to automate the last-mile of delivery that’s a labor-intensive and costly component of buying products online.

The e-commerce giant on Wednesday announced a trial of “Amazon Scout,” autonomous delivery devices the size of a cooler that roll along sidewalks at a walking pace. It will use six robots, which are designed to navigate around obstacles such as people and pets, to deliver packages in Snohomish County. The robots will be used to make deliveries Monday through Friday during daylight hours.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) spent $14.19 million on lobbying the U.S. government in 2018, according to a regulatory filing, beating its year-ago record, as large U.S. technology companies pushed back on issues such as privacy, immigration and new tariffs.

Issues of interest to Amazon also included healthcare plans, drug prices and food safety that were discussed with the Food and Drug Administration and other federal bodies, according to its filing to Congress late on Tuesday.

 

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