An autoscout is a type of Transformer drone that can be released and used for scouting duties that are considered too dangerous for a Decepticon. It is programmed to analyze and report their findings to their operator.
Generation One cartoon
After uncovering a new source of energy, Megatron told Soundwave to dispatch an autoscout to examine the location. The scout discovered a formation of Corlonium crystals and began to examine a piece when the energy the crystals emitted caused it to explode.