I would gladly fork over cold, hard cash to climb into one of these futuristic-looking, battery operated water pods for my commute, or even a joy ride.
The bubble-shaped hovercraft look good enough to be a friendly spacebot from the scenes of Pixar's "WALL-E," but instead, they're battery-operated water taxis dreamed up by French startup SeaBubbles. And they're meant to cut road pollution in cities with rivers and other waterways.
SeaBubbles seeks another round of funding from Silicon Valley investors, among others, to further develop the adorable hovering taxis -- around $30 million for the next round according to Bloomberg.
The SeaBubbles taxis hover 6 inches off the water's surface. They emit no exhaust, the company claims, and generate none of the waves that would damage waterways. They would also offer an alternative to traffic jams for commuters who live and work along waterfronts.
"In San Francisco we can save people an hour a day going from downtown to the Silicon Valley and back," SeaBubbles co-founder Anders Bringdal told Bloomberg TV in an interview. Speaking from experience, traffic jams can easily make a one-way trip from downtown San Francisco to downtown San Jose a two-hour ordeal.