Amazon opening an autonomous delivery R&D centre in UK

Amazon is to invest in research and development of autonomous deliveries in Cambridge, UK.

The online giant is to create a new team at its Cambridge development centre that focuses on the fully electric autonomous delivery machine the Amazon Scout.

Not unlike the famous Starship that has already done millions of miles of deliveries worldwide, the Amazon Scout is compact in size and can work on pavements at walking pace. It is currently in field test mode, with trials taking place in four US states. Currently these are escorted by Amazon employees but in the medium to long term they will be fully autonomous.

The team in Cambridge is to work closely with its Seattle, WA R&D team to develop on-system software to improve the Scout to work fully autonomously. Amazon is actively hiring development engineers specialising in robotics and autonomous systems.