Bell Reveals An Air Taxi Concept At CES 2019
The future is here! Or, at least it’s trying really hard to get here. Bell just unveiled an innovative air taxi concept that they currently have in the works. This announcement took place at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas. We’re talking about a full version of a regular urban taxi with a little twist – it doesn’t drive, it flies! That’s not something you come across everyday – but Bell hopes that someday soon, it will be.
“As space at the ground level becomes limited, we must solve transportation challenges in the vertical dimension,” says Mitch Snyder – the president and CEO of Bell. “We believe the design, taken with our strategic approach to build this infrastructure, will lead to the successful deployment of the Bell Nexus to the world.”
The Nexus air taxi is built upon a mockup that Bell first showed to the public last year. It has a central wing, a V tail with a horizontal stabilizer and integrated skids for landing. The actual model is expected to use a hybrid electric engine to run six fans installed around the taxi. Each of the fans will also have an individual electric motor installed.
Bell decided to go with a six-fan system to have more space for passengers than similar eight-fan vehicle concepts have, it also provides a better maneuverability than four-fan flying vehicles would have. All fans are ducted, which also allows the taxi to have a quieter noise signature than its competitors with open rotor design.
Bell has partnered up with Nexus who will provide a hybrid propulsion and driving systems. As for other parts – Moog will be responsible for developing a control actuation systems, and Garmin will provide the vehicle management computer and the avionics.
The vehicle will be able to carry up to 5 people – 4 passengers and an operator. Nexus is also considering a possibility to quickly change the set up for a fully autonomic air taxi with a 5-passenger capacity using autopilot.
The air taxi is expected to be delivered to the market in the 2020-s. This year, Bell has plans to develop a system that will teach pilots and operators to fly the taxi. For this purpose, they are creating an augmented reality flight simulator with single, dual, and tri-control configurations. The educational system will be based on the latest helicopter simulators.
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