In an interview with foreign media The Verge, Scout Vice President Sean Scott explained that the company has created detailed virtual maps of the US suburbs to accelerate the development of the robot. At present, the company has collected a large amount of road 3D data, real road texture, and simulated the environment from the sidewalk to the storm drain.
“We can simulate thousands of takeaway deliveries overnight,” Scott said. “There is no need to use and test robots in a real-world environment. The robot doesn’t actually know that it’s in the analog state, it thinks it’s the real world, which It’s really cool.”
Scott said he is not sure if other companies are also experimenting with this level of training. Amazon's in-house training equipment includes an indoor robotic park and special equipment to test the flexibility of the robot's wheels. It is very important for Amazon to accelerate the training and development of AI agents, especially when Amazon enters the take-away industry.
Amazon launched a take-out robot with six wheels in January, but in recent years many startups have been creating delivery robots in the field, and have been tested in small communities such as offices and campuses.