Amazon is looking to test their same-day delivery drones in Cambridge, England. Late last year Amazon announced that they were considering using drones as a way of dramatically reducing the time it takes to deliver orders to customers. Many though this could just be a publicity stunt, but it look like Amazon is moving forward with the plan.
Back in July Amazon sought permission from the US Federal Aviation Administration to test their drones and now Amazon is expanding R&D operations in Cambridge, two years after buying Cambridge-based startup Ebi Technologies. The lab in Cambridge will focus on Prime Air, Amazon’s name for the drone project.
Backing up this report is a number of aviation-related jobs amazon has advertised in the UK. This included a flight operations engineer in which the job posting listed “Flight test experience, manned or unmanned, is preferred”.
A spokeswoman for Amazon Prime Air said: “We have multiple Prime Air development centers, including R&D labs in Seattle and Cambridge. We’re always looking to add great talent to the team; the Cambridge-based Prime Air positions we have open are a reflection of that.”