Flying vehicles: new alternatives to mobility

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Here we are! Flying cars are now a reality ... It will have taken 20 years longer than what children in the mid-20th century estimated, but companies are on the move to offer a new mobility.

However, we are far from what Back to the Future or the Fifth Element planned. Where science fiction imagined optimized cars, reality pictures flying objects adapted to our cities. And these initiatives will transforme the way we move, in cities and beyond.

Many projects exist. In addition to the Groupe ADP - Airbus - RATP association, announced at the Paris International Air Show in Le Bourget in 2019, which provides for the development of Vertiport platforms on Groupe ADP's infrastructure and the development of Airbus Flying taxi projects "Vahana" (one seat) and "CityAirbus" (four seats), other start-ups have embarked on the design of these new vehicles.

This is particularly the case for Ascendance Flight Technologies which develops its vertical take-off landing aircraft (VTOL). ATEA will be able to transport four people including a pilot over 150 km at a speed of 200 km / h. Its purpose is to provide short urban connections between airports and business districts.

Created by four engineers who worked on the Airbus electric plane, the E-Fan, the question of the teams focusing on these new modes of travel is identical: providing innovative mobility solutions and above all more respectful of the environment. The ideal goal is to provide a 100% electric means of transport. The state of technology does not currently make this alternative possible, but the teams are working to make it possible in the short term.

Hyundai and Uber also announced their partnership at the last CES in Las Vegas and presented a 100% electric prototype to the press. The S-A1 can carry 4 passengers and fly at a speed of 290km / h, at an altitude between 300 and 600m.

Beyond daily mobility, other projects are emerging to offer longer duration and long-distance transport solutions. A Rhône start-up is developing "Fleasy". This giant drone will be able to transport up to 2 passengers or 200 kg of freight over long distances, and should be able to travel 700 km at a maximum speed of 350 km / h, in autopilot.

All these innovations bring about a transformation in our mobility, but also in our habits, our environment, our way of perceiving travel by air. Whether all these projects will succeed and transform the way we operate - this remains unclear. Progress has shown us - since time immemorial - that a good idea is not synonymous with induced evolution. Users will need to take ownership of these new inventions and make them their daily. To be continued.

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