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Amazon invests in UK R&D

By Retail Technology | Monday May 8 2017

Amazon is opening a new Development Centre in Cambridge, UK – the base for its drone delivery testing

The new building in the heart of the city will have capacity for over 400 highly-skilled employees including machine learning scientists, knowledge engineers, data scientists, mathematical modellers, speech scientists and software engineers. 

Teams of experts working on devices such as Kindle, Fire tablet, Fire TV Stick, Echo, Echo Dot and the new Echo Look, as well as Alexa, will move to the new larger site starting this autumn.

Once the new site opens, the current Development Centre building at Castle Hill will be used primarily for research and development for the Prime Air drone delivery system.

“We are constantly inventing on behalf of our customers, and our Development Centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London play a major role in Amazon’s global innovation story,” said Doug Gurr, UK country manager, Amazon. “By the end of this year, we will have more than 1,500 innovation related roles here in Britain, working on everything from machine learning and drone technology to streaming video technology and Amazon Web Services.”


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