CES participants wait in large rows to sit in Bell’s redesigned AIR TAXI

CES participants wait in large rows to sit in Bell’s redesigned AIR TAXI – a fully electric flying vehicle that can be in service within five years

  • Bell presented an air taxi at CES 2019 and returned this year with a redesigned version of the vessel
  • The new Nexus 4EX has a larger wing than its predecessor and weighs more than 1,000 pounds
  • It can carry a maximum of five passengers, reach a speed of 150 MPH and can be launched in just five years

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A long line this week stretched across the CES show floor while attendees eagerly waited for their chance to sit in the Bell Nexus 4EX air taxi.

This is the second version of the all-electric flying vehicle company, which now has a larger wing than its predecessor who appeared at the Las Vegas event in 2019.

The redesigned vessel can carry up to five passengers for 60 miles at a speed of around 150 miles per hour – and could take off in the next five years.

Bell is part of Uber Elevate, the initiative of the gigantic ride aimed at speeding up the process of bringing taxis to the air, a concept it has already explored with plans to launch UberAIR in the future.

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A long line this week stretched across the CES show floor while attendees eagerly waited for their chance to sit in the Bell Nexus 4EX air taxi. This is the second version of the all-electric flying vehicle company, which now has a larger wing than its predecessor who appeared at the Las Vegas event in 2019

A long line this week stretched across the CES show floor while attendees eagerly waited for their chance to sit in the Bell Nexus 4EX air taxi. This is the second version of the all-electric flying vehicle company, which now has a larger wing than its predecessor who appeared at the Las Vegas event in 2019

Uber has indicated that it is ‘super interested’ in the Bell Nexus and Bell has thought a lot about how the concept aircraft would be used to help passengers from A to B.

Mitch Snyder, Bell president and CEO: ‘With a focus on the passenger experience, we at CES 2019 unveiled the technology and vehicle that will revolutionize transportation in cities; this year we show what government, working, working and living in a smart city will look like. “

In a statement, the company noted that 70 percent of the world will live in urban areas by 2050 – creating tons of tons of congestion and outgrowing the current transportation system.

But Bell believes that in three decades his Nexus 4EX will be a winged savior by allowing people to fly into the air as a form of mobility.

The redesigned vessel can carry up to five passengers for 60 miles at a speed of around 150 miles per hour - and can take off in the next five years

The redesigned vessel can carry up to five passengers for 60 miles at a speed of around 150 miles per hour - and could take off in the next five years

The redesigned vessel can carry up to five passengers for 60 miles at a speed of around 150 miles per hour – and could take off in the next five years

The flying taxi includes Bell's distinctive powered lift concept with four tilting fans that can be configured as hybrid-electric or fully-electric

The flying taxi includes Bell's distinctive powered lift concept with four tilting fans that can be configured as hybrid-electric or fully-electric

The flying taxi includes Bell’s distinctive powered lift concept with four tilting fans that can be configured as hybrid-electric or fully-electric

“Bell continues to lead the conversation beyond the aircraft and offers multimodal transport solutions and experiences within an interconnected digital network that will captivate consumers, earn their trust and make their lives easier,” said Snyder.

The flying taxi includes Bell’s distinctive powered lift concept with four tilting fans that can be configured as hybrid-electric or fully-electric.

The company sees this design as the ‘key for all electrical technology’.

“The vision for the Bell Nexus remains the same, but by using a mature system-level approach to design an objective market vehicle, we believe that this configuration discloses a capable, certifiable, and commercially viable product,” Snyder said.

The inside of the plan can accommodate up to five passengers and a pilot who drives the vehicle using a joystick and digital screens

The inside of the plan can accommodate up to five passengers and a pilot who drives the vehicle using a joystick and digital screens

The inside of the plan can accommodate up to five passengers and a pilot who drives the vehicle using a joystick and digital screens

In a statement, the company noted that 70 percent of the world will live in urban areas by 2050 - creating tons of tons of congestion and outgrowing the current transportation system. But Bell believes his Nexus 4EX will be a winged savior in three decades by allowing people to go up in the air as a form of mobility

In a statement, the company noted that 70 percent of the world will live in urban areas by 2050 - creating tons of tons of congestion and outgrowing the current transportation system. But Bell believes his Nexus 4EX will be a winged savior in three decades by allowing people to go up in the air as a form of mobility

In a statement, the company noted that 70 percent of the world will live in urban areas by 2050 – creating tons of tons of congestion and outgrowing the current transportation system. But Bell believes his Nexus 4EX will be a winged savior in three decades by allowing people to go up in the air as a form of mobility

The company anticipates that its Nexus will fly approximately 2,000 hours a year, perform thousands of operations and change mobility in major cities.

Bell understands, however, that it will be necessary to prove that these vehicles will indeed be safe, reliable and affordable in the future.

It has developed Bell AeroOS, a proprietary system running on Microsoft Azure, designed to manage fleet information, monitor aircraft health and manage the transit of goods, products and predictive data and maintenance.

WHAT IS UBER AIR AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

UberAir is a network of small, electric aircraft that can be used to fly four-seater flights in densely populated areas. Artist impression shown

UberAir is a network of small, electric aircraft that can be used to fly four-seater flights in densely populated areas. Artist impression shown

UberAir is a network of small, electric aircraft that can be used to fly four-seater flights in densely populated areas. Artist impression shown

UberAir is a network of small, electric aircraft that can be used to fly four-seater flights in densely populated areas.

The ‘electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles’ (eVTOLs) differ from helicopters in that they are quieter, safer, more affordable and more environmentally friendly, Uber claims.

Users will order the aircraft via the Uber app, just like with one of the company’s taxis.

After selecting an UberAIR ride, the vessel flies to the nearest ‘Skyport’ – a series of launch platforms scattered throughout the city.

Uber estimates that a fully electric ride of 200 km / h through the air of Los Angeles will be price competitive with an UberX trip at the same distance.

Uber predicts that trips from LAX to the Staples Center during rush hour can be reduced from a maximum of 1 hour 20 minutes on the ground to less than 30 minutes with UberAir.

The forecast includes UberX transfers to and from UberAir launch platforms – the flight over LA itself takes about four minutes, the company said.

The plan will be based on a network of “Skyports”, with which the VTOL Uber Air aircraft can take off and land on rooftops across the country.

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