Paris will use FLYING TAXIS to shuttle sports fans across the city during the 2024 Olympic Games, officials claim 

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  • A new test flight center called Pontois has been opened near Paris
  • At least 30 manufacturers will test technologies at the test site
  • The ultimate goal is to have two flight paths across the city by 2024.

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Flying taxis are a staple of many science fiction blockbusters, from the Jetsons to Harry Potter.

But the vehicles of the future are getting closer to becoming a reality, and could even be used to shuttle sports fans across Paris during the 2024 Olympic Games.

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French authorities have announced that Paris will begin testing electric air taxis at a test site outside Paris.

According to officials, the ultimate goal is to make at least two flights during the Summer Games to reduce overcrowding.

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French authorities have announced that Paris will begin testing electric air taxis at a test site outside Paris

Paris’ flight taxi route

Overall, the goal is to provide two routes for sports lovers during the 2024 Olympic Games:

  1. Paris-Issy-les-Moulino heliport to Saint-Cyr airfield
  2. Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports and the city of Paris, at a site to be determined
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The Pontoise test site is located at Cormeilles-en-Vexin airspace and will conduct the test by about 30 manufacturers.

Augustin de Romanet, CEO of Aeroportes de Paris, said: ‘Our Pontoise airfield brings a unique ecosystem around new air dynamics and the test platform we are launching today is unprecedented in Europe.

‘This will serve as a concrete experiment to explore the field of possibilities of a carbonless and innovative aviation, and to develop the low altitude aviation market (below 300m), which has hitherto been largely Ignored.’

Although the details of the taxis themselves are not clear, several large companies will be involved in testing at Pontois airfield.

This includes Volocopter, Airbus, Vertical Aerospace & Ascendance, Lilium and Joby Aviation, although ‘other manufacturers’ may be added in the coming months.

The Pontoise test site is located at Cormeilles-en-Vexin airspace and will conduct the test by about 30 manufacturers.

The Pontoise test site is located at Cormeilles-en-Vexin airspace and will conduct the test by about 30 manufacturers.

Overall, the goal is to provide two routes for sports lovers during the 2024 Olympic Games.  The first is between the Paris-Issy-les-Moulino heliport and Saint-Cyr airfield, while the second is between Paris-Charles de Gaulle (artist's impression pictured) and Le Bourget airports and the city of Paris, to be determined on a site Is

Overall, the goal is to provide two routes for sports lovers during the 2024 Olympic Games. The first is between the Paris-Issy-les-Moulino heliport and Saint-Cyr airfield, while the second is between Paris-Charles de Gaulle (artist’s impression pictured) and Le Bourget airports and the city of Paris, to be determined on a site Is

‘The tests will help model an EVTOL flight at the scale of vehicle, neighborhood and region, to anticipate and confirm vertiport installation plans in the le-de-France region,’ explained Catherine Gillourd, CEO of RATP Group. Can you

Overall, the goal is to provide two routes for sports lovers during the 2024 Olympic Games.

The first is between the Paris-Issy-les-Moulino heliport and Saint-Cyr airfield, while the second is between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports and the city of Paris, to be determined on a site.

Although the details of the taxis themselves are unclear, several large companies will join the trial at Pontois airfield.

Although the details of the taxis themselves are unclear, several large companies will join the trial at Pontois airfield.

Alexandra Dublanche, Vice President of the Ile-de-France Region, said: ‘With the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games, mastering these new technologies and uses in a densely populated area such as the Paris region is not an option, it is a necessity.’

The news came soon after Hyundai revealed plans to develop autonomous flying taxis by 2028, which would seat up to five passengers.

To deliver this, the Seoul-based manufacturer announced that it has spun off its urban air mobility division into a new company, Supernal.

Supernal, which will be US-based, has said it will also work to integrate the planned craft into existing transit networks and create the necessary infrastructure.

This may include the so-called vertiports – transport hubs for flying taxis.

Hyundai first revealed its concept for a flying taxi, the S-A1 personal air vehicle, at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The firm also announced a partnership with rideshare app Uber at the time, which has forged relationships with several other companies to work on the development of air taxis.

What types of flying taxis can we expect to see in the future?

Advances in electric motors, battery technology and autonomous software have triggered an explosion in the field of electric air taxis.

Google’s parent company Alphabet CEO Larry Page has invested millions in aviation start-ups Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk, both of which are striving to build all-electric flying cabs.

Kitty Hawk is believed to be developing a flying car and has already filed over a dozen different aircraft registrations with the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA.

Page, who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998, has personally invested $100 million (£70 million) in two companies that have not yet publicly acknowledged or demonstrated their technology. Is.

Secret start-up Joby Aviation is one step closer to turning its flying taxi into a reality.

The California-based company, which is building an all-electric flying taxi capable of vertical take-off, has received $100 million (£70 million) in funding from a group of investors led by Toyota and Intel.

The funds will be used to develop the firm’s ‘megadrone’ which can reach speeds of 200mph (321kph) powered by a lithium nickel cobalt manganese oxide battery.

The Joby S2 prototype has 16 electric propellers, 12 of which are designed for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), which means no runway is needed.

AirSpaceX unveiled its latest prototype, the Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018.  Like its closest rivals, the electric aircraft is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of vertical take-off and landing.

AirSpaceX unveiled its latest prototype, the Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018. Like its closest rivals, the electric aircraft is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of vertical take-off and landing.

The plane takes off vertically like a helicopter, before folding its 12 parts…

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