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Bell Helicopter lands at CES with air taxi cabin concept

Bell Helicopter lands at CES w...
Bell Helicopter has dropped into CES in Las Vegas this week with a flying taxi cabin design
Bell Helicopter has dropped into CES in Las Vegas this week with a flying taxi cabin design
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Bell Helicopter has dropped into CES in Las Vegas this week with a flying taxi cabin design
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Bell Helicopter has dropped into CES in Las Vegas this week with a flying taxi cabin design
Bell's flying taxi cabin concept on show at CES
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Bell's flying taxi cabin concept on show at CES
Bell Helicopter hasn't traditionally been one to go crazy with futuristic aircraft concepts
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Bell Helicopter hasn't traditionally been one to go crazy with futuristic aircraft concepts
Bell Helicopter has dropped into CES in Las Vegas this week with a flying taxi cabin design
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Bell Helicopter has dropped into CES in Las Vegas this week with a flying taxi cabin design
Bell says a control center inside its flying taxi will allow users to do things like catch up on the news, hold conference calls and share documents
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Bell says a control center inside its flying taxi will allow users to do things like catch up on the news, hold conference calls and share documents
Bell Helicopter has dropped into CES in Las Vegas this week with a flying taxi cabin design
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Bell Helicopter has dropped into CES in Las Vegas this week with a flying taxi cabin design
Bell says a control center inside its flying taxi will allow users to do things like catch up on the news, hold conference calls and share documents
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Bell says a control center inside its flying taxi will allow users to do things like catch up on the news, hold conference calls and share documents
Bell Helicopter has dropped into CES in Las Vegas this week with a flying taxi cabin design
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Bell Helicopter has dropped into CES in Las Vegas this week with a flying taxi cabin design
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Bell Helicopter hasn't traditionally been one to go crazy with futuristic aircraft concepts, but lately it has been letting its imagination run wild just a little. The company has dropped into CES in Las Vegas this week with a flying taxi cabin design that it says demonstrates its vision for on-demand aircraft that carry people over urban centers.

The massive migration of people to cities over the past half a century has made issues like worsening traffic and pollution ones that we can't really afford to ignore. How people move around urban centers in the future will have a huge part to play in that, and long-promised flying taxis are shaping as an increasingly feasible solution.

Everybody from NASA to Airbus to Boeing and a raft of lesser-known startups are pumping serious money into these types of aircraft, and now Bell Helicopter seems to be at least exploring the idea. Details are pretty scarce for the unnamed air taxi cabin design revealed at CES, but images reveal a four-seater cabin designed to put those unfamiliar with vertical flight at ease..

Bell says a control center inside its flying taxi will allow users to do things like catch up on the news, hold conference calls and share documents
Bell says a control center inside its flying taxi will allow users to do things like catch up on the news, hold conference calls and share documents

Bell says a control center inside will allow users to do things like catch up on the news, hold conference calls and share documents. To show everybody what it means, it has hooked up an augmented reality simulator inside so CES attendees can take virtual trips across cities during the day and night, and even make a red-carpet premiere landing.

Although only the cabin design is on display at CES to keep focus on the passenger experience, the company is working on a complete air taxi to go with it, featuring rotors and an electric powertrain. Bell says it will reveal the vehicle in full sometime in the future.

"Bell Helicopter is innovating at the limits of vertical flight and challenging the traditional notion of aviation to solve real-world problems," said Bell Helicopter President and CEO Mitch Snyder. "The future of urban air taxi is closer than many people realize. We believe in the positive impact our design will have on addressing transportation concerns in cities worldwide."

Source: Bell Helicopter

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4 comments
Bob Flint
"Bell says a control center inside will allow users to do things like catch up on the news, hold conference calls and share documents."
I can do all that while sitting in a cubicle taking a dump...is this thing suppose to fly??
MarcinBuglewicz
when company builds a thing based on a feature, and that feature is the only thing missing.
it's like concept for a car without wheels
Bruce H. Anderson
Ground traffic may be minimally eased, and air traffic will get complicated. The energy efficiency of VTOL is abysmal, and shunting that inefficiency off to a remote power plant does not solve the issue.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is really cool. I wonder what the rest of it will look like? Will it be a traditional helicopter with advanced controls or a form of quad copter ?