Urban Blue Will Create Infrastructures for the First Flying Taxis in Europe
10 October 22
It is 8:30 am on a Monday morning. Yes, you overslept. You have a 9 am meeting at the office, but there is no way you are getting there in time by bus. Your best chance is to call a cab and hope there is no traffic. Unfortunately, those hopes start to fade away as you notice your cab coming to a halt. You peek through the window just to see an endless sea of stationary cars in front of you.
Sounds like a terrible Monday morning that most of us have experienced on more than one occasion. But it could very well be a distant memory in the near future.
Italian airports in Rome, Bologna, Venice, and the French Riviera are planning to establish a company that implements infrastructures for flying taxis.
These infrastructures, referred to as vertiports, will be used to store and deploy aircrafts powered by electricity. The aircrafts would have the ability to take off and land vertically helping travelers beat traffic and cut their journey time dramatically.
The French-Italian company is called Urban Blue. The company has plans to first operate around Italy and France and gradually expand to other European countries.
Urban Blue plans to partner with the startup Volocopter – a German multirotor helicopter manufacturer based in Bruchsal.
The start of the vertiport operations in Rome, Venice, and Nice is planned by 2024, although no further details on the project financials are released to the public.
Marco Troncone, who is the CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, says that the timeline set by Urban Blue is challenging but possible and if successful will make the city of Rome one of the first cities to activate this type of travel.