According to a Financial Times report , Amazon is now a member of Cyber Valley , an initiative that was launched in December 2016 by the Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems , the state of Baden-Württemberg and the universities of Stuttgart and Tubingen. Other members are the automobile manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Porsche, the supplier Bosch and ZF Friedrichshafen, as well as the social media group Facebook.
As part of the initiative, Amazon plans to open a AI-technology research center in Tubingen, where up to 100 postgraduates will be employed and trained. This will cost the corporation an annual sum of some 420,000 euros, plus 1.25 million euros for the promotion of AI research in the region. In addition, Amazon intends to incorporate the 3D start-up Body Labs , which the company only took over in early October, into the project. Body Labs was founded at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tubingen and was a result of the collaboration between the Institute and the US Brown University . Together, over the past ten years, they had developed biometrics software that could automatically record body measurements and movements using artificial intelligence.