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France Plans Electric Air Taxis for Paris Olympics

France will ferry 2024 Olympics in electric air taxis. Two flight paths for the service are- Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports and the second is two suburbs at southwest of Paris.

The testing is scheduled to begin in coming months outside the capital. The party to the projects includes Volocopter GmbH, Airbus SE, Vertical Aerospace Group Ltd, Lilium NV and Joby Aviation along with France’s civil aviation authority.

The important elements of testing includes, Noise, vibration measurements on Volocopter flights, Safe integration of drones, eVTOLs with conventional air traffic, Battery charging, and vehicle maintenance.

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The landing and takeoff zones at the Pontoise-Cormeilles-en-Vexin hub were adapted for the test earlier this year.

The all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, 1st designed by California startup Joby Aviation, is a helicopter powered by six rotors. It was designed to be as quiet as possible in order to fit into busy city life without disturbing residents.

The technology is spreading across the world. Urban -Air Port and Hyundai motor co are jointly developing eVTOL across the UK, US, and Australia. Rome is also planning to start its first flying taxis operation from Fiumicino airport in 2024. 

Britain’s Vertical Aerospace and Germany’s Volocopter and Lilium are giant competing European firms.

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