The French capital of Paris is one of the most famous cities in the world - famed for its wonderful culture, fantastic cuisine and historical landmarks. However, French authorities are now set to give the go ahead to futuristic egg shaped 'river taxis' which would dramatically reshape the landscape of this beautiful city.
Paris is set to become the first city in the world to introduce high-tech environmentally-friendly 'flying' river taxis into its public transportation system. The clever innovation is the brainchild of French yachtsman Alain Thebault and Swedish windsurfer Anders Bringdal - and it has caught the imagination of the Parisian public as they take one of their first steps towards transforming Paris into a high-tech smart city.
The river taxis will be trialed next spring at the request of the environmentally conscious city hall. The futuristic egg shaped taxis are constructed from a combination of fiberglass and high-density foam; the vessel will be powered through solar energy and can carry five people at a time. The inventors have claimed that the rivers taxis can accumulate speeds of up to 30kmh due to fixed hulls which reduce drag and enable the shuttle to float.
However, the charismatic Frenchman indicated that if he had received more help from the relevant authorities in London then he would've launched the innovation in the English capital.
He revealed that a number of private firms and city authorities reached out to him to find out more about his project - but he received nothing from London officials and he was subsequently forced to revise his initial plans for his high-tech cabs.
Mr Thebault said," If London had helped us out I think we would have started out there. There was interest from private firms, but we heard nothing from London officials. Next spring we will hold a public demonstration on the Seine in front of the National Assembly (parliament) in Paris with five Sea Bubble."
There has also been interest expressed from authorities in New York City who want to secure the high-tech cabs for the River Hudson, while Californian officials have also expressed their interest in the invention. However, the French inventor has insisted that he will not take any orders until the prototype has been completed.
"There has been interest, but we are taking no orders at the moment. We first have to finish the prototype," Mr Thebault said, adding that he hopes that the Sea Bubble may eventually become driverless. "Once we have gone beyond the prototype and have fully developed the Sea Bubble, we might, after Paris, begin with London or Geneva."