France tests “flying taxis” for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris – .

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France tests “flying taxis” for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris – .


French officials are testing “flying taxis” that they plan to deploy for the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Paris.
The big picture: The plan “unprecedented in Europe” is to create a “vertiport” to transport passengers via electric air taxis during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to a press release from Paris Airport.

  • The American manufacturer of eVTOL Joby Aviation will join other companies, including Volocopter, Airbus, Vertical Aerospace and Ascendance, to carry out tests at a hub site in Pontoise, in the north-western suburbs of the French capital.
  • A line will transport passengers between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports and central Paris. The route passes through two suburbs southwest of the city.

What they say : Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, French Minister of Transport, said in a statement that the French state was “fully committed” to the project had already provided nearly 25 million euros ($ 28 million) for the development of taxis steering wheels and supported other innovative transport projects. .

  • “Everything is falling into place: partnerships, innovation, test areas, regulations, financing,” said Djebbari.
  • “All the ingredients for success are there, all that’s left to do is get there. ”

Our thought bubble, via Ina Fried from Axios: The Tokyo 2021 Olympics was also an opportunity for Japanese telecommunications giant NTT to test telepresence technology like remote cheering and holograms.

Go further: Electric air taxis prepare for take off

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