“As space at the ground level becomes limited, we must solve transportation challenges in the vertical dimension – and that’s where Bell’s on-demand mobility vision takes hold,” Bell President and CEO Mitch Snyder explains. “The industry has anticipated the reveal of our air taxi for some time, so Bell is very proud of this moment. We believe the design, taken with our strategic approach to building this infrastructure, will lead to the successful deployment of the Bell Nexus to the world.”
Officials are introducing at CES the Bell Nexus full-scale VTOL air taxi vehicle, which is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and employs Bell’s powered lift concept with six tilting ducted fans. The Bell Nexus name reflects the nexus of transport and technology and of comfort and convenience, while also capturing 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, officials say.
“While there are challenges that face on-demand mobility, there are also great opportunities,” Bell officials say. “The concept of UAM is a new challenge for aerospace designers in the sense that the operator and avionics suite is no longer well-defined.”
Bell, Safran, EPS, Thales, Moog, and Garmin constitute Team Nexus and collaborate on Bell’s VTOL aircraft and on-demand mobility solutions. Bell will lead the design, development, and production of the VTOL systems. Safran will provide the hybrid propulsion and drive systems, EPS will provide the energy storage systems, Thales will provide the Flight Control Computer (FCC) hardware and software, Moog will develop the flight control actuation systems, and Garmin will integrate the avionics and the vehicle management computer (VMC).
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