Amazon opens Manchester office as part of Prime Air expansion

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Amazon has announced that it is to open a new office in Manchester along with the expansion of its two other UK-based centres.

This expansion in the UK will create 1,000 new research and development roles.

The US tech giant confirmed that as part of the move the new engineers will be working on its drone delivery project, Prime Air.

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Prime Air is a service that, once fully implemented, will allow Amazon to deliver packages by drone to its customers within 30 minutes of receiving an order.

Amazon has said that as part of the development process it is currently working with regulators to design an air traffic management system that will recognise who is flying what drone, where they are flying, and whether they are adhering to operating requirements.

The company has Prime Air development centres in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, France and Israel and has said that it is also testing the vehicles in multiple international locations.

The new UK-based engineers will also work on technology including personalised shopping recommendations, machine learning, Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa and Amazon Web Services.

According to a report from Reuters, Amazon’s UK country manager Doug Gurr said Britain was taking a leading role in the company’s global innovation.

He said: “These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK.”

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