Flying Taxis on Auto-Pilot All Set to Take-Off at Olympics 2024 as Paris Prepares to Control Aerial Traffic

Published 11/14/2022, 7:25 AM EST

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The 2024 Paris Olympics are fast approaching. In its premise, France has reportedly started their preparations for the same. According to various sources, a dozen Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are supposed to make their debut at the upcoming Olympics.

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As per claims, the ‘flying taxis’ that are going to help ease up commutes during the tournament are 4x less noisy than standard helicopters. Hence, the UAV’s integration is going to be in both aerial traffic networks and urban transport environments.

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France set to operate new ‘flying taxi’ stations at 2024 Paris Olympics

They will operate the taxis from 5 new bases in the lie-de-France region, as per forecasts. The administrator of Paris’ major airports, Aeroports de Paris, will work in tandem with the leading UK-based developer Skyports Ltd. They will operate the facilities, which are termed ‘Vertiports’.

At one of these bases located 35 kilometers northwest of Paris, German aircraft manufacturer Volocopter along with airport manager Groupe ADP, RATP state-owned public transport operator, has been performing tests on the vertical take-off and landing vehicles for over a year.

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According to ADP, “It is in the process of obtaining the European certification which will allow it to fly on all the vertiports.” The certification stages for the vehicles are to be completed by 2024.

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Paris will host the Olympics for the third time in history. They are going to start on July 26 and will continue till August 11, 2024. Flying taxis were a concept of fantasy back in 1900 and 1924. However, they are going to be put into use for the first time at the 2024 Olympics.

Volocopter is an aviation and aerospace component manufacturing company operating in Bruchsal, Germany. They specialize in Urban Air Mobility. The VoloCity air taxis and VoloDrones are examples of their game-changing all-electric products. On top of the $170 million raised previously, the company secured $182 million in series E funding. The two-seater VoloCity air taxi is currently undergoing tests according to the requirements set by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

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The Paris Summer Olympics will witness a sky full of these mini-helicopters. Compared to traditional helicopters, the aircraft’s multiple rotors and its fly-by-wire system will make them easier to maneuver. They can reach a top speed of up to 70 mph. They are the first commercially certified air taxi in the world. Each journey would typically cost a passenger approximately $103.

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Anirban Roy

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Anirban Roy is working as a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. Anirban has a Master's degree in Spatial Data Science from Jadavpur University. He has worn many hats, including being a database admin and a scientific researcher.
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