Flying Water Taxi Transporting Parisians Across the Seine
France – Paris plans to test a futuristic flying water taxi – dubbed Sea Bubbles – next year that will be able to ‘float’ two feet above the surface of the water and transport up to five people across the Seine River.
The egg-shaped craft created by French yachtsman Alain Thebault and Swedish windsurfer Anders Bringdal, will be comprised primarily of fiberglass and high-density foam and will be able to reach speeds of up to 30 kilometers per hour (or about 18.6 mph). Foils attached to the shuttle’s hulls reduce drag allowing the water taxi to glide above the water.
In Paris, the fare will be about 10 euros per trip. If the test run of Sea Bubbles, which will be powered by solar energy, is successful, the developers hope to expand the use of the vessel to cities like London and Geneva.