Amazon sets up drone R&D lab in Cambridge: Report

Amazon Prime Air drone delivery.
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Amazon Prime Air drone delivery.

Amazon is recruiting staff for a giant research and development site in Cambridge, U.K., where it plans to expand its Amazon Prime Air, its autonomous drone delivery project, TechCrunch reported.

The company is looking to capitalize on the tailwinds it made in 2012 when it purchased the Cambridge-based Evi Technologies, the maker of a Siri-like voice technology app. Evi subsidiary oversees Amazon's Prime Air endeavors.

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Cambridge, which is most famous for its world-class university, is a hotbed for talent in the bioscience and tech industry.

"We're working on the future. If you are seeking an environment where you can drive innovation … If you want to apply state-of-the-art technologies to solve extreme-scale real world problems… This is your opportunity," the advertisements said.

Among job listings were openings for positions in flight operations, senior research and software development—which listed "experience building complex software systems that have been successfully delivered to customers at scale" as a preferred qualification.

The e-commerce giant is also seeking software development engineers in test speech who would be "responsible for ensuring the customer experience is amazing on our Question Answering app."

In light of Amazon's surprise unveiling of its new Echo device earlier this month, its not a far stretch that it could be working on voice-dependent shopping platform, TechCrunch noted.

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