No, we have not gone crazy. Nor are we talking about a science fiction movie. It is completely real and, in fact, could happen much sooner than we think. Paris, this 2020, could have some curious water taxis and “flying”.
They are considered as one of the most futuristic means of transport. In addition, they agree to make a sustainable urban transport service. They have already undergone some tests in the middle of the Seine River and their opening to the public is planned for this spring. We have them here!
“Flying” water taxis in the middle of the Seine river
They have been referred to as “Sea Bubbles” The boats are aerodynamic and have flown over the Seine river at a negligible speed of 30 kilometers per hour. They have also floated about 50 centimeters above the river water.
The best thing they have is that they neither make waves, nor noise nor, even better, emit CO2. They have fiberglass sheets that are deployed by raising it in the air at a certain speed. It is powered by electric batteries.
If you want to avoid city traffic, a trip from the Eiffel Tower, west of Paris, to Notre-Dame, downtown, would only take us a few minutes on board these new boats. Yes, the images seem taken from a science fiction movie, but everything indicates that, very soon, they will be available to the public.
On June 16, 2017, a first prototype was tested on the Seine River. Other places that are also being tested are the cities of Miami, Monaco, Geneva or Saint-Tropez.
In addition to being curious, the most novel thing that stands out in this type of boats is that they contribute to taking care of the environment. They have become the most sustainable alternative to transport around the city. Another advantage is that you can avoid rush hour traffic.