The new Amazon drones facility has opened in Cambridge. Located at One Station Square adjacent to Cambridge Station, the new building is a 60,000 sq. ft. development that will when at full capacity be home to over 400 highly-skilled employees including machine learning scientists, knowledge engineers, data scientists, mathematical modellers, speech scientists and software engineers. Amazon already has hundreds of employees in Cambridge and is recruiting extensively as part of its increased expansion plans in the city.
And it won’t just be Amazon drones, lots of devices will be developed at the new facility including:
– Amazon Devices including Echo voice-controlled speakers and the recently-announced Amazon Cloud Cam
– Amazon Alexa, the brain that powers devices such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show
– Prime Air, Amazon’s future delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using small unmanned aerial vehicles
-Core machine learning and retail systems, improving the shopping experience for Amazon customers.
Digital Minister Matt Hancock said: “I’m delighted Amazon has chosen the UK for its new research and development centre. This will create hundreds of highly skilled jobs and sends a clear signal to the world we are open for business.
We’re determined to make the UK the best place to start and grow a digital firm, are working hard to deliver our groundbreaking Digital Strategy and Amazon’s latest investment is another boost for our world-leading digital economy.”
It’s particularly pleasing to see that Amazon is creating jobs in the UK that are not just in fulfilment centres around the country. Rather these will be better paid and technically focussed jobs and that’s good news for the British economy and a further development for Cambridge that’s already a tech centre.