We entered the flying taxi that should open for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024

This is the return of the largest European exhibition dedicated to new technologies. The sixth edition of VivaTech gathers over four days hundreds of big names in technology and nearly 1,200 startups – including the most innovative from every French region – over four days, including one dedicated to public visits, Saturday 18 June.

Organized by Babylon and reverberationAnd the event that Gathering nearly 26,000 visitors at Porte de Versailles in 2021 and more than 100,000 online, they set off for a flying start on Wednesday. And one of the stars of the show is undoubtedly Volocity, the 100% electric flying taxi model from German company Volocopter. France information I was able to discover this giant drone and meet its sales manager in France.

An imaginary image of the future present in many science fiction films such as star Wars where the fifth element, The flying car is one of those inventions that was announced soon but not yet in operation in 2022. The wait may be over: German company Volocopter presents its Volocity model at VivaTech, a flying aircraft that offers the taxi a 100 percent electric, low-carbon offering %, which should make its first commercial flights on the occasion of the 2024 Paris Olympics. This fully automatic model has two seats, for pilot and passenger. In fact, today there is no “There is no legal framework that allows people to be transported in a self-driving vehicle without any human driver.”And the Jean-Christophe Dray, Volocopter’s France sales director, explains.

This 700 kg device can carry up to 200 kg of payload. Volocity has an impressive wingspan of 12 meters in diameter and two meters in height, halfway between a helicopter and a giant drone. It can fly at a cruising speed of 70 to 80 km/h (ie a Le Bourget – La Défense flight in about 17 minutes, with take-off and landing procedures), at an altitude of up to 300 metres. This flying taxi is powered by 18 engines and 9 electric batteries and can be operated for the first time in two years in Paris. The first test flights were carried out as part of a partnership with Aéroports de Paris (ADP) and Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP).

“The technology is ready and matureWelcome to Jean-Christophe Dray. We are currently undergoing the EASA certification process, which will run until the end of 2023. In 2024, we will be able to operate approximately four flights per day on selected routes: Charles de Gaulle – Le Bourget, Le Bourget – La Défense Or even Issy-les-Moulineaux – Saint-Cyr-l’École. And two more lines can be selected at the Olympics.”

Regarding the price, it should be in the beginning Helicopter costs around 250 euros.According to Jean-Christophe Dray. Between 2026 and 2030, it is hoped that the cost of this huge trip will reach the cost of Uber Black (VTC brand luxury service, Ed) ”, the sales manager outlines.

Guided tour of Volocity fly taxi with video:

This 100% electric flying taxi model sets the tone for the show where preserving the planet is a priority. “The environment is emergency number 1admits Julie Ranti, General Manager of VivaTech. It is clear that the tech sector has benefited from this urgency and is offering real solutions.”

Among the notable innovations at the fair is Lactips, a company that replaces plastic with a natural material made from milk protein, which is water-soluble and fully biodegradable. The French company has also just received the Green20 label from Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, an award that brings together the most promising start-ups in the field of energy conversion.

Another major theme for VivaTech 2022: Web 3.0, which is defined as a set of innovations related to the use of blockchains, cryptocurrencies, and NFT. Wanting to give central place to innovations related to the fight against global warming, several companies related to this topic are present for four days at the fair, such as the French company Interstellar Lab, in partnership with NASA and CNES. BioPod, one of the world’s most advanced air greenhouses, for deployment on Earth and other planets in the future.

VivaTech also proposes, in various situations, to introduce the concept of Metaverses, which is defined as the Internet of the future. “The metaverse combines virtual reality and augmented reality experiences that will unlock all new forms of entertainment but also revolutionize the way we work together and train… Even if many metaverse applications remain to be identified and invented, it opens up a huge field of possibilities”Julie Rante concludes. On Saturday, the public will be able to get their own idea live by discovering the latest activity featured on platforms like Meta (Facebook), Microsoft or even LVHM. On Demo Program: Working in the same virtual living room as a colleague on the other side of the world, reinventing his style with his avatar or even visiting a museum wearing a helmet on his head without leaving the room.

VivaTech, Wednesday, June 15 to Friday, June 17 for professionals, 9am to 6pm, and Saturday, June 18, 2022 for the general public, from 9am to 6pm. Paris Expo Porte de Versailles Hall 1. More information on the VivaTechnology website

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