Amazon creates UK team to develop autonomous delivery bots

Amazon is assembling new team of engineers at its Cambridge development centre as part of plans to expand its autonomous delivery technology in the UK.

Currently in field testing across four states in the US, the Amazon Scout devices are the size of a small cooler and roll along pavements at a walking pace - similar to existing rival Starship devices being used by the Co-op in Milton Keynes.

Amazon stated that its UK team will work closely with the Seattle research lab to develop on-system software to help Scout safely and autonomously navigate around pedestrians, pets and other obstacles.

“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,” read a statement, which added that it is recruiting for software development engineers with experience in robotics and autonomous systems technology.

This specific recruitment follows last week’s announcement that Amazon will be creating 7,000 more UK jobs by the end of this year, for people working in its fulfilment centres and corporate offices.

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