The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles, Bezos wrote in the letter, adding, We are in the design phase on generations 7 and 8.
Amazons plan is to build a machine capable of delivering packages of up to five pounds to addresses within 10 miles of its US fulfillment centers, though even if the engineers design a machine capable of doing this, Bezos is well aware there areother obstaclesto overcome before the service has any chance of getting off the ground in four or five years.
Besides safety concerns, Amazon will have to find a way of building a relatively quiet flying machine, for those living close to its fulfillment centers wont take too kindly to having their peace shattered by an army of noisy drones passing overhead, no matter what time of day.
Theres clearly some way to go for Amazons Prime Air project, but according to Bezoss recent letter to shareholders, the idea really does appear to be moving closer to becoming a reality.
Amazon Is Looking Into A Drone Delivery Option…. Seriously.