Amazon says wide release of Astro Home Robot is ‘in sight’

Amazon.com Inc.The Astro robot, which was unveiled with fanfare last year but subsequently shipped in very small quantities, should be more widely available in the coming months, the company’s chief of equipment said.

Amazon is still working on fixing issues related to Astro’s ability to map and navigate customers’ homes, said Dave Lim, a senior vice president who leads the device and services group. For now, the robots are only available by invitation, and they will remain a rare sight outside Amazon.

But the bot’s general availability “isn’t even a year away,” Limp said in an interview. He said it would…

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