Airbus took off its flying CityAirbus taxi. According to the publication Le Parisien, this is the first free flight of the car, in May it took off with safety ropes. At that time, only engines and flight control systems were tested.
The project is implemented by the Airbus Helicopters Corporation in conjunction with the Autonomous Administration of Paris Transport (RATP). Now we are talking about a practically completed device that can deliver four people by air and travel at a speed of 120 km / h. The engines of a flying taxi are powered by electric energy, and its takeoff and landing will be vertical.
At present, program participants are exploring the possibility of its implementation in the Paris region – Ile de France. The idea is to try to provide a flying taxi for the Olympic Games in 2024 with a route between Paris and Disneyland, as well as to create a passenger transportation route between Roissy and Saint-Denis.
Commercial use of flying taxis, which allows to remove part of the load from land transport , will be possible by 2030. Then the service of routes between Paris and Versailles will begin, transportation will also be arranged to the business district of Défense.
Airbus still has a lot to do
According to the information of the newspaper Le Parisien, at the moment, technically flying taxis are almost completely ready for flights with passengers. But issues related to the creation and management of such a transport system still have to be resolved.
In particular, relevant laws and regulations will need to be developed. It is also necessary to create a flight control system which will be carried out at low altitudes and above city blocks. Problems may arise in connection with complaints from residents of noise from flying cars equipped with several large screws.
In addition, it will be necessary to find places for landing sites and properly equip them, in particular, equipment for recharging batteries. The issue of transportation tariffs should also be settled. It is assumed that the service will not be elite, but publicly available. RATP experts believe that the price of a flight per 1 km should be equal to one or two euros. :
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