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Amazon strengthens its UK research and development hub

Amazon strengthens its UK research and development hub

Date: 15 September 2020

Based in Cambridge

Amazon is hiring software development engineers to join the new UK team, which will work on developing its fully-electric autonomous delivery robot. The team will be based at its Cambridge research and development arm.

Amazon said in a statement: “Our investment in this new Amazon Scout team in the UK, which will consist of dozens of engineers, is driven by our partnership with the Cambridge community and made possible by the talented people who live here.

“The team we’re building will work closely with the Amazon Scout research lab in Seattle, US to develop on-system software to help Scout delivery devices safely and autonomously navigate around pedestrians, pets, and obstacles found in residential neighbourhoods such as recycling bins and sign posts.”

Amazon has introduced ‘Scout’ back in early 2019 in Snohomish County, Washington, before expanding to the Irvine area in Southern California, in August of last year, and to Atlanta and Franklin a couple of months ago.

Scout is set to become a rival of UK-based startups such as Starship Technologies, whose delivery robots are being trialled by Tesco and Co-op in the Milton Keynes region.