Flying taxis may no longer be a pipe dream of the future.
After a trial run in Paris this summer, the world’s first flying taxis could become a permanent fixture in Geneva’s Lac Léman next year, according to Le Figaro.
SeaBubbles took flight on the Seine River in June, but after the company failed to come to an agreement with the French government, the enterprise is moving to Switzerland. The vehicle’s creator, Alain Thébault, told French news agency AFP that five of the taxis will start service in Lac Léman in April 2018.
The zero-emission flying taxis will be able to transport four passengers (plus driver) from Geneva to a neighboring town.
SeaBubbles work via four hydrofoils that reduce drag and two small engines, powered by solar energy. They float two feet above the water when in motion and can reach speeds up to 18.5 miles per hour.
Thébault had previously considered London as the initial testing ground for SeaBubbles, however changed to Paris when the company was unable to receive help from the English government.
If SeaBubbles premiered in Geneva next year, they would be the world’s first flying taxi service integrated with local transportation. Dubai plans to premiere their flying drone taxis within the next five years.