RATP and Airbus to create drone taxis

A taxi flying above Paris? It’s the project the RATP (Autonomous Operator of Parisian Transports) seems to want to develop in partnership with Airbus, a project to provide an “urban air mobility service” in Île-de-France. An announce made during the Tech For Good summit.

Towards a revolution of the Parisian transports… the RATP (the Autonomous Operator of Parisian Transports) has just signed with Airbus a very curious partnership. And for good reason, the two transports monsters are said to be developing an “urban air mobility serviceproject in Île-de-France. An announce made during the Tech For Good summit.

And what does it do in concrete words? It’s a system of “flying taxi” as simple as that, a mix between a bus, a helicopter and a drone. “Autonomous flights are no longer part of science fiction” Airbus executive chair Guillaume Faury explains. He continues “Today, we have the technological bricks, but we have to harmonize them in order to include them into the users’ daily lives, without challenge our top priority, safety”.

In terms of feasibility, Airbus has already set up “flying electric taxi” prototypes, offering a vertical take-off and landing. A service the RATP wish to make accessible to the general public, planning a study by the end of the year. Shuttles are thought to come to the market within five years and could house “four to six seats” for €1 to €2 per kilometer, as the RATP has announced. So, fancying flying in a shuttle, friends?

Laurent P.
Last updated on 17 May 2019

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