400 experts were hired at the new technology center to refine the company’s Amazon Prime high-tech drone aircraft and Alexa’s digital assistant system.
Amazon is more than three of their research and development teams at Cambridge are researching technological innovations such as Alexa’s digital assistants, drone drivers and smart speakers Echo.
The US online retailer is opening a new building in the city with about 400 experts in mathematical modeling, speech science, machine learning and “engineering knowledge.”
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Once complete, the 60,000 sq ft center next to Cambridge train station will increase the number of Amazon tech professionals in the city to 550.
Amazon’s existing development center at Castle Hill will shift focus to developing its air distribution system, Prime Air.
Prime Air successfully launched the first trial – a TV bar and popcorn bags – into a customer’s garden in Cambridge in December.
Doug Gurr, managing director of Amazon, said: “We are always on the brink of being a customer, and our development centers in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London play a key role in the whole innovation story. Amazon Bridge. “
“By the end of the year, we will have more than 1,500 innovation-related roles in the UK, working on everything from machine learning and wireless technology to videotechnology and Amazon Web Services.
Amazon’s investment in research and development comes as the tech giants vie for ascendancy in the developing market for digital assistants.
Amazon’s Alexa is up against Google Home and Apple’s Siri, all of which allow users to check the weather, order shopping or control home heating and entertainment systems in the their homes using voice control.
The retailer has also been developing a number of devices that utilise Alexa, including Echo Look, a smart camera that uses machine learning to give fashion advice.
Amazon seems to be preparing to open free grocery stores in the UK after signing up for the British label Amazon Go.
Retailers began testing their first brick and mortar factory on December 5 near its headquarters in Seattle, in the northwestern United States. It uses automatic sensors to add items to the shopper’s account rather than paying them at a time. However, the open to the public was postponed after some technical malfunction.
If the stores opened in the UK, it would mark a major step in Amazon’s effort to occupy part of the UK grocery market since launching Fresh Distribution last summer and connecting with Bradford supermarket chains are based on Morrisons.
The total number of British workers in the UK is expected to increase from 19,000 to 24,000 in 2017, most of whom will work in their warehouses.
The company expects to have 15 warehouse deliveries in the UK later this year. It opened a new area in Daventry in February, with centers in Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury to begin operations in the fall.
By: Anna Lee