CES 2019: Bell Shows Off Flying Car, Uber Hopes to Have A Fleet Of The Vehicles In The Skies By Mid-2020s

10 Jan, 2019 12:30
source: 香港奇点财经Singularity Financial

Helicopter manufacturer Bell has shown off a flying car concept which could be available to order via Uber as soon as the mid-2020s. The Bell Nexus is a hybrid electric air taxi which uses six tilted ducted fans to fly and land vertically from the top of a building or from a launchpad, and the company’s first concept vehicle which could eventually be used as an Uber fleet. The vehicle, which can seat five people and has a weight capacity of around 272kg, is on display at CES, the world’s largest technology show, in Las Vegas.

Future passengers will be treated to leather seats, wireless charging mats, and cup holders, while the flight’s navigation and guidance information will be displayed on a series of angled screens in the nose of the cockpit.

The ride-hailing firm first announced its urban aviation ambitions in 2016, and Bell is among the aviation companies currently developing vehicles which could ferry riders around the skies.

While merely a model rather than a working prototype, the Bell Nexus demonstrates how seriously the firm is taking flying car creation, alongside start-up Kitty Hawk and aeronautical cornerstones

Boeing and Airbus. Uber hopes to start hosting demonstration flights for new service Uber Air from 2020 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Los Angeles, before launching them fully in 2023.

The cars, which resemble giant drones, will take off from skyports and air stations on top of buildings or on the ground. Specialized skyports could handle around 200 landings and takeoffs an hour – a rate of one every 24 seconds.

Like the company’s cab-hailing service, customers would request a flying car using its app. While the flying vehicles would be initially flown by pilots, the company hopes to ultimately automate the process.

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