Bell Helicopter releases full-scale design of VTOL air taxi


Bell unveiled the design of its full-scale vertical take-off and landing air taxi at CES 2019, the Bell Nexus.

Powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system, the device features Bell’s powered lift concept which incorporates six tilting ducted fans the designers say safely and efficiently redefine air travel.

As part of the release, Bell outlined problems with space at ground level as to why VTOL was important with air taxiing.

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It went on to describe how it was proud to make the announcement in this way and hopes it can lead to the deployment of the Bell Nexus worldwide, something Bell’s CEO, Mitch Snyder, echoed in his comments.

He said: “Bell Nexus means the nexus of transport and technology and of comfort and convenience. Nexus captures the long-sought-after vision of quick air travel with a unique in-flight experience, keeping passengers connected to their lives and saving valuable time.”

Alongside the release of its new Nexus, Bell will feature Autonomous Pod Transport and its future flight controls simulator as part of its offering at this year’s show in Las Vegas.

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