A ground-breaking boat that hoards power by using the hydrofoil wings to come out of the water undertook trial on the Seine river, Paris, as its supports aspire to get a license to run a taxi service. Electric motors drive the SeaBubbles craft, while its hydrofoil wings decrease the pull on the hull in the stream, turning it more energy-efficient compared to traditional boats. Alain Thebault, SeaBubbles Co-founder, stated the boat—that ferries 1 pilot and 4 passengers—has green credentials as it generates no pollution and is noise-free. In an interview following the completion of the boat’s recent trials, he said, “It is the future.”
The assessment will carry on until September 20, following which the supporters of the project anticipate to get a commercial license to operate taxi services from the Paris’ east to the west. Decades ago, the hydrofoils were created but their commercial use is restricted as they are likely to be unsteady. Computer processors are used by SeaBubbles to regulate the hydrofoil wings all the time in the water—that its designers state provides travelers a comfortable ride.
On the other end, air taxi has been flown by Volocopter, German flying taxi start-up, at an event held in Stuttgart. It’s the foremost instance the air taxi prototype has soared in an urban region in Europe; however, it has soared in several demonstration flights across the globe. The unmanned air travel endured for a few minutes. The voyage was a spotlight of a 2-day, Daimler-hosted event, “Vision Smart City—Experience future mobility today.”
The event witnessed the presentation of sustainable transport concepts and technical innovations for potential mobility at the Stuttgart-based Mercedes-Benz Museum. The Stuttgart event was a section of a research project program by the Technical University of Stuttgart to look at the social recognition of air taxis.