Gliding Taxis Will Crisscross The River Seine In Paris
Gliding taxis will become a common sight in Paris this summer, as countless of them will zip back and forth over the River Seine. Designed by Alain Thébault and Anders Bringdal, the SeaBubble will be the first taxi that will glide just over the water’s surface.
Thanks to the submerged wings under the gliding taxis, once in motion, these SeaBubbles will raise from the water, minimising their friction and using those wings to move around. The average price for one of these gliding taxis will be that of an average Uber ride, and each one of them is capable of carrying 5 people – the driver included – and they will be powered by electricity. These taxis will be available from the many special docks along the river.
They run at speed of up to 30 Kmh, but given that they don’t run into traffic, they will get you to your destination in a fraction of the time. That’s if your destination is along the river, of course. And since they are electric and have little contact with the water surface while moving, the SeaBubbles make little noise and almost no waves.
Give the project’s green initiative, Paris’ mayor, Anne Hidalgo, is on board with these gliding taxis.
“I really believe in the development of river transport,” she said. “Most of the world’s big cities were built on riverbanks, an advantage we have to use to reduce our reliance on polluting cars.”