Bell Helicopter shows concept of urban VTOL at CES
The manufacturer has long been working with Uber to develop a mobility system
On the occasion of the "CES 2018" technological innovation show that is taking place in Las Vegas, United States, in these days, Bell Helicopter presented its project of a cabin for an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOL) to be used for urban transport of passengers.
The cabin is designed to accommodate four people in a multimedia environment, connected to the outside world to optimize the flight experience. Bell Helicopter president and CEO Mitch Snyder underlined that the concept of "air-taxi" is not new to the company, that such urban service is a much closer reality than anyone can imagine, and said to believe in the positive impact that such a design can have in solving mobility problems in cities.
Although at CES it was only shown the part intended to accommodate passengers, the company has been working for some time already also on the other structures needed to fly, as well as on the navigation system management: it is of last April the news of its participation to the "Elevate" project of Uber -the company that provides services for urban mobility- which aims to develop a large scale system of electric VTOL vehicles available at a price accessible to anyone and worldwide. Experimental flights have been announced in Dallas (USA) by 2020. Bell Helicopter hypothesized that at the initial stage of the new technology the propulsion system might be a hybrid one.
World Aeronautical Press Agency