The company wants to handle more of its own deliveries to keep up with its growth and loosen its reliance on the US Postal Service and other carriers, whose rates continue to rise.
The e-commerce giant has also recently announced it will launch a new self-driving delivery device called Scout, according to a report from CNBC.
According to the CNBC report, the device will autonomously follow the delivery route. It will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee.
Scout, which was developed at Amazon’s research and development lab in Seattle, is said to be able to safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians and anything else in its path.
The company will trial six Scout devices operating during weekdays and daylight hours.