"If we're really living in the future, where's my CES, if only in self-aware, half-mocking tones. But that refrain gets less relevant every year -- see the from CES 2016, and the the following year. This year's step forward is Bell's Nexus, a concept design for a hybrid electric air taxi.?" is the cry you hear from sci-fi savvy visitors at every
If you guessed that concept design was code for nonfunctional, you guessed right -- but that doesn't mean the Nexus isn't a step forward for flying cars. Bell, the company behind the Nexus, is actually one of the companies on original military models in the 1940s to the (produced in cooperation with Boeing), which has already bridged the gap between helicopters and winged aircraft.. More importantly, it's the name in helicopter manufacturing, from the
The Nexus concept shows what the company hopes to build with that experience -- a small, consumer friendly aircraft that comfortably seats four passengers and a pilot. Even so, getting there will take some effort. Not only does the Nexus' six-fan rotor design mean the company will have not rethink flight controls, but there are still a ton of legal barriers to hurdle before flying taxis can get off the ground.
Even so, the company hopes to have its first test flights in early 2020, with consumer deployment following not long after that.
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