On the occasion of the Olympic Games in Paris 2024, the French capital will take up the challenge: with Volocity, it will become the first city in the world to enter a new era of urban transport with the help of flying taxis.
Regardless of its sporting achievements, France has already won a gold medal at the 2024 Olympics: for aviation innovation. By partnering with German start-up Volocopter, which has been working on an electric VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) machine for many years, Paris is showing a courtesy to other cities around the world (Dubai, Doha, Singapore, etc.). ), which are usually their showcase for technological innovation.
They all more or less adopted the same principle: an electric machine equipped with multiple rotors (like on a drone) and fully automated. Guaranteed zero emissions.
The taxi was allowed to fly… with no passengers for now
But few aircraft were cleared to fly. This is the case with Volocity, which has received the green light from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), but for trips without passengers. While waiting for the first global certification for the Olympics.
In Paris, its launch pad will be installed on a barge on the Seine at the Quai d’Austerlitz. What about nuisance noise for local residents, such as a low-altitude drone? Its manufacturer assures that the machine is four times quieter than a helicopter.
10 flying taxis, three lines
Ten flying taxis should be put into service on three routes: Roissy-Le Bourget, Le Bourget-Austerlitz and Issy-les-Moulineaux-Saint-Cyr-l’École.
Knowing that no one wants to take any chances, each Volocity will have its own pilot. This leaves only one seat on board. There is no doubt why these first flights are said to be reserved for VIPs. This can calm us down from the fear of failure: 9 batteries will be replaced after each flight.
Volume in numbers
11.3 meters : his crown of propellers
200 meters : its height in flight
110 km/h : its top speed
2 : number of passengers
9 : its battery
18 : its number of propellers
30 minutes : his autonomy
110 euros : ticket price