Need a river taxi? Take the Sea Bubbles

March 13, 2017 | Environment
Sea Bubbles: a battery-operated watercraft created by Alain Thébault and Anders Bringdal

The Sea Bubbles are ready to "fly on water." The ultimate eco-friendly mean of transportation will see the light of day in June 2017.

The innovative watercraft was created by French yachtsman Alain Thébault, and Swedish pro windsurfer Anders Bringdal.

They believe they have found the solution to traffic congestion and urban air pollution. These solar-powered pods float two feet above the water and travel at 18 miles per hour (30 kilometers per hour).

The developers like to call them "river taxis." Each vehicle carries up to four passengers and a driver. In the near future, you will be able to order Sea Bubbles' via a smartphone app.

The Sea Bubbles can operate in rivers, lakes, and are made of biodegradable materials. They will never generate waves at full speed and are extremely silent.

The battery-operated shuttle has an autonomy of between 49 and 62 miles (80 and 100 kilometers), and 40 percent less drag than a similar-sized motor boat.

Each "flying cab" measures 14.1 feet by 7.5 feet (4.3 meters by 2.3 meters). The company is already in talks with the cities of London, New York, and Geneva to deploy the futuristic pods in the local waterways.

The production of the first Sea Bubbles has already begun, and the first units will be tested in the Seine River, in Paris, during summer 2017.

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