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Cambridge engineers recruited to develop Amazon Scout delivery robots

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A new team is being created at Amazon’s Cambridge Development Centre to work on the company’s autonomous electric delivery robots.

Amazon Scout devices are designed to roll along pavements at walking pace. When a Scout arrives at its destination, a hatch opens for the recipient to take out the parcel.

An Amazon Scout autonomous delivery robot
An Amazon Scout autonomous delivery robot

The robots are already in field tests, delivering packages to people in four US states, but the project is set to expand.

Amazon said it will recruit dozens of engineers for the Cambridge team.

“The team we’re building in Cambridge 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,” said the company.

“We’re now hiring software development engineers who are at the forefront of robotics and autonomous systems technology.”

Last week, Amazon announced that it is creating 10,000 new permanent roles across the UK in 2020, which will take its permanent UK workforce to more than 40,000.

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