You will soon be able to see SeaBubbles floating taxis on the Seine in Paris. For the moment it is a test before a possible authorisation in 2020.
On May 18, 2018, onlookers could attend the first experimental flight of floating taxis , SeaBubbles, on the Seine in Paris.
According to Le Parisien , the state has given the green light for these taxis propelled by electricity to be tested again for a possible authorization in 2020.
Invented by engineer Alain Thébault, these river taxis fly 50 cm above the water thanks to a system of submerged fins. A device that incorporates that of the hydrofoil, invented by the same Alain Thébault.
This one tells the Parisian to have started the construction of sixty Bubbles and take orders from different countries.
The speed limit
A first client in Paris would have been signed.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, seemed rather seduced after having boarded in 2017: “It is a soft alternative that responds very concretely to the ecological challenges posed in our cities”.
Still, this means of transport has a cost that makes it more belong for the moment to the world of luxury than to the general public.
The speed limit (12 to 18 km/h) is also part of its development.
A relaxation would be under consideration to move to 50 km/h but for now nothing taken.