Amazon's autonomous robots have started delivering packages in Southern California

For much of this year, a fleet of Amazon Scouts, mini tank-like delivery vehicles about the size of a cooler, have traversed residential neighborhoods in a Seattle suburb to deliver packages.

During that period, the autonomous vehicles, which roll along at walking speed, have endured the full spectrum of the Pacific Northwest's weather, including one of the largest snowstorms of the past decade.

Now, after nearly eight months of street tests and thousands of successful deliveries, Amazon has announced that Scout has begun delivering packages to customers in Irvine, California. (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

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