The Bell helicopter concept previews future air taxi, giving in the idea of a new age swifter and faster transport
CES 2019 was expected to bring in a lot of excitement. But so far, it failed to invoke that charm of something unique and fresh. I didn’t like anything super exciting at the Las Vegas show. However, one mobility concept blew my mind away. The Nexus, a six-propeller Bell helicopter concept previewing futuristic air taxi. This full-scale Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing (VTOL) aircraft could materialize the dream of the urban air taxi in near future.
The Bell Nexus helicopter concept comes with not only mind-blowing design but unique and achievable technology as well. One glimpse at the Bell helicopter concept, and its six tilting ducted fans will grab your attention instantly. This design reminds me of the aircrafts from the 2009 sci-fi flick Avatar. Yes, those tilting ducted rotors.
It’s not anymore an alien concept that small aircrafts can be used as air taxis in big cities. Shared mobility provider like Uber has been already mulling the idea to provide better transport solutions avoiding congestions on roads. This Bell helicopter concept can be the perfect practical solution to that ideas to materialize.
The multi-rotor helicopter concept is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system sourced from Safran. It is capable of producing more than 600 kWe. Bell has already tested the prototype of the Nexus helicopter in June 2019 and it produced 100 kWe then. Bell has lined up several tests for the prototype and this will be better with each one. To make the helicopter concept a reality, Bell has tied up with five different companies.
Bell showcased the urban taxi vision at the CES 2018. Now, this Bell helicopter comes giving the urban air taxi vision a concrete and more practical shape. With this pace, the next edition of the Las Vegas show could see the flight-worthy version of the prototype in flesh.