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“Flying taxi” tested on River Seine, offered as future of Parisian transport

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By ITN News Editor September 17, 2019 12:33

“Flying taxi” tested on River Seine, offered as future of Parisian transport

With air pollution a constant threat to Paris and transport lines bursting at the seams on rush hour, a startup is proposing a “flying taxi” as a greener alternative that makes use of the River Seine.

The Seabubbles startup, which specialised in “flying” vehicles, launched a four-day test run of their “flying taxi” on the Seine. The “Bubble” is powered by electricity and lifts out of the water on “wings”. A taxi service using the vehicles could launch in the city as soon as spring 2020 if the trials are successful, according to a press release from the Paris mayor’s office.

The “Bubble” boasts green credentials such as being noise and pollution free. Since launching in 2016, the company has been refining the design of the “Bubble”, which costs around €200,000 Euros to build and can reach speeds of up to 20.7mph. Test voyages in Paris are limited to a maximum speed of 18.6mph. Although the company is planning to soon launch commercial operations in Paris, their journey has not all been plain sailing.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 17, 2019 12:33