Amazon Scout begins UK hiring drive for driverless deliveries

Amazon has started the search for a UK team to develop its driverless delivery Scout service.

After the boost in online shopping from the coronavirus lockdown, the online retail giant said it is hiring dozens of new engineers to establish a team in Cambridge to focus on Amazon Scout.

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“Our investment in this new Amazon Scout team in the UK, which will consist of dozens of engineers, is driven by our partnership with the Cambridge community and made possible by the talented people who live here,” Amazon said.

“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,” added Amazon.

The company is hiring software development engineers with experience in robotics and autonomous systems technology.

Amazon’s six-wheel delivery robot was unveiled last year, after launching in Washington, and then trialing in Georgia and Tennessee.

On the job description, Amazon said its autonomous Scout devices are “the size of a small cooler, and roll along at a walking pace”.

The recruitment drive comes days after Amazon announced plans to employ 10,000 new staff across 50 UK sites throughout 2020.

These will include three new state-of-the-art fulfilment centres in Darlington, Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield which will create over 1000 permanent roles each.

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