RATP and Airbus to create drone taxis

Published by Laurent P. · Published on 25 June 2019 at 15h32 · Updated on 25 June 2019 at 17h51
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. The drone taxis are said to be launched for the Olympics 2024.

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 prototype called Vahana, already presented in May 2019 and operational. Speaking of accessibility, the RATP targets the general public, planning a study by the end of the year. The idea is to declutter the roads for tourists coming to Paris from the Charles de Gaulle airport for the Olympics 2024.

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. And a first line to cover the airport-capital journey... So, fancying flying in a shuttle, friends?

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