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Egg-shaped taxis which float approximately two feet above water are currently being created which could change the way city-dwellers get about town.

The fibreglass and high-density foam pods, designed by French yachtsman Alain Thébault, can carry up to five people at a time and travel up to 19 miles per hour.

Futuristic flying taxis on their way to London after successful trial


HIGH-tech flying taxis are on their way to London after they have been trialled in Paris.

By Sean Martin (external - login to view)
Fri, Oct 28, 2016
The Teelegraph


The Sea Bubble - shown above on the Seine in Paris - is coming to London

Egg-shaped taxis which float approximately two feet above water are currently being created which could change the way city-dwellers get about town.

The fibreglass and high-density foam pods, designed by French yachtsman Alain Thébault, can carry up to five people at a time and travel up to 19 miles per hour.

The Sea Bubbles, as they have been named, will have foils attached to the hulls of the machines as to minimise drag.

As the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, helped to get the start-up firm up and running the company will begin trials in the city next year. However, London officials were approached but supposedly snubbed Mr Thébault and his crew.


The front of the Sea Bubble

He told the Telegraph: “If London had helped us out I think we would have started out there.

“Next spring we will hold a public demonstration on the Seine in front of the National Assembly (parliament) in Paris with five Sea Bubbles.”

Mr Thébault has sourced roughly £445,000 in investments for his business and says that the sea-crafts will be heralded through an app in a similar manner to Uber.


Alain Thébault created the Sea Bubble

Despite the apparent snub from London, Mr Thébault says that the likely destination after Paris could be Britain or Switzerland.

He continued: “Once we have gone beyond the prototype and have fully developed the Sea Bubble, we might, after Paris, begin with London or Geneva.”

Nonetheless, it could still be a long way off, as the businessman explains: “But we are taking no orders at the moment. We first have to finish the prototype.”

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