European aerospace heavy weight Airbus and French underground operator RATP have made commitments to carry out studies about the possibilities of including flying vehicles to the urban transportation network in the city.
In a joint statement released by both companies on Wednesday, they stated that they would “explore the feasibility of urban air mobility services” in Paris and the Ile de France area.
Guillaume Faury, the company’s chief executive said Airbus was creating demonstrators of independent and automated technologies. He highlighted the "realness" of these technologies, stating that it was not science-fiction. Tools needed to carry out the works are available, but it is important that they are suitable for our everyday living in the society without endangering lives.
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RATP is a good partner in such a project because of its knowledge of the associated needs and services,” said Faury.
Catherine Guillouard, Chief Executive of RATP, said that mass transportation was one of the company’s major businesses, but it was also keen on strategies geared toward the development of advanced transportation technologies to position the city for the future.
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Before now, the world had witnessed attempts to create flying cars. Notable efforts were made by US Company Terrafugia and Slovakia’s AeroMobil. Despite abundant resources and time devoted to these projects, they are yet to be launched into the market.
AeroMobil is optimistic about flying cars. It says they will be used in the society in about two or three years.
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Author of “The Great Race: The Global Quest For The Car Of The Future” published in 2015, Levi Tillemann, said a major challenge was safety.
“The only thing that really makes the idea of a flying car even remotely viable is a new generation of autonomous driving technologies that will reduce the likelihood of catastrophic failure.
“From both a cost and energy consumption standpoint, ground-based transit generally makes more sense,” he said.