Amazon’s drone program acquires a team of Europe’s top computer vision experts


A new development center in Austria will focus on building sense-and-avoid technology for delivery drones

By Ben Popper

The most important attribute in today’s cutting-edge drones is the ability to see and understand the world so that the drone can safely navigate to its destination and around obstacles. Last week The Verge learned that Amazon had acquired a team of a dozen computer vision experts based in the Austrian city of Graz. Amazon subsequently confirmed the news and made some of the key players available for an interview. The team, which includes a number of veterans from Microsoft, represents some of Europe’s top experts in computer vision. They will serve as the core of a newly launched development center in Graz that will focus on developing technology for the Prime Air drone delivery fleet.

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