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

FILE - In this June 16, 2014, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. A New York Times article portrayed Amazon’s work culture as “bruising” and “Darwinian” in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff. Amazon’s CEO said in a memo to staff on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, that the article doesn’t accurately describe the company culture he knows. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

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...

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