Amazon is continuing its global expansion for Echo and Alexa. The company announced it will open a new development centre in Cambridge, England this fall. The new centre will host over 400 employees whose main focus will be Amazon devices like the Kindle, Fire TV Stick and the entire family of Echo speakers, including the new Echo Look and Echo Show. The teams will consist of machine learning, data and speech scientists as well as knowledge and software engineers. In a statement, Amazon’s UK Country Manager, Doug Gurr, acknowledged the new centre is part of its plan to establish a global presence for its in-house products:
We are constantly inventing on behalf of our customers, and our Development Centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London play a major role in Amazon’s global innovation story. By the end of this year, we will have more than 1,500 innovation-related roles here in Britain, working on everything from machine learning and drone technology to streaming video technology and Amazon Web Services.
In addition to expanding its presence in the UK, the new development centre will make room for a new project at its current Castle Hill location. The Castle Hill space will be use primarily for research and development for Prime Air, it’s drone delivery system.