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Amazon to expand research division in Cambridge

Amazon is to expand its research division in Cambridge, boosting investment in machine learning and other development programmes.

The online firm, which already has one base in the city, will open another site near the train station with the capacity for over 400 employees to be based there.

It's part of the company's commitment to developing drone technology

"This is fantastic news - Amazon's increased investment in developing cutting-edge technology in Cambridge is another vote of confidence in the UK as a world-leading centre of invention and innovation."

– Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock

Teams of experts working on devices such as Kindle and Alexa, will move to the new larger site starting this autumn.

Amazon is currently recruiting extensively in Cambridge as part of its expansion plans in the city.

Once the new site opens, the current Development Centre building at Castle Hill will be used primarily for research and development for Prime Air, Amazon's drone delivery system which is designed to get parcels to customers in 30 minutes or less using drones.

Amazon is devloping drone technology to deliver goods Credit: Amazon

"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."

– Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon