Friday Fave Update: The Nexus – a down-to-earth air taxi

 Last week I wrote about flying taxis. This week I thought it appropriate to review what is in the prototype modelling. This version of a flying taxi from Bell was unveiled at CES in Las Vegas last week. The Nexus has a 150-mile range and a top speed of 150 mph. It will carry 4 passengers and a pilot – yes, a real person pilot – although it will eventually be autonomous. And some more technical features:

“…six tilting ducted fans powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system, with wings helping supplement lift in forward flight… Nexus will rely on the six 8-foot-diameter fans for forward thrust and, while pivoted to the horizontal, takeoffs and landings. Inside, flight information or sightseeing data will be projected on the windows or through goggles for passengers.”

The reviews (read this article) are positive – although it’s not flying yet, it appears the expectation that Bell has the capabilities required to deliver their concept designs are high.

So, here’s last week’s question again: Would you travel in THIS air taxi?

I’m thinking I’d quite like to…


This post is part of a weekly Friday Faves series contributed by the team at Ripple Effect Group. Read the entire series and collections from other team members here.