The RATP Group and Airbus study the integration of autonomous flying vehicles in urban transport
“Autonomous flights are no longer part of science fiction,” said Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, in a press release published on May 15, 2019. The group is working on it concretely, specifies the director. Before adding that the choice of a partnership with the RATP aims to adapt the solutions for the user in an urban environment “Today, we have the technical building blocks but we must harmonize them in order to integrate them into the daily life of users without compromising our priority, safety. RATP is one of the major players in urban mobility solutions. Its knowledge of the user, their needs and associated services make them the ideal partner for Airbus. “
A project integrated into the RATP’s Maas strategy
“The idea is to reflect with Airbus on how to integrate its flying transport into our daily lives. We orient our reflection on themes such as noise pollution, possible places of landings and take-offs, means of connection and associated mobile applications “, explains to the digital factory Mathieu Dunant, director of innovation at RATP.
This alliance is part of the broader MaaS (Mobility as a service) project. This should make it possible to offer transport services to travelers, making them benefit from the best innovations of the two groups in terms of sustainable and shared mobility, such as the autonomous and electric vehicle. In this context, the RATP group launched on February 12, 2019 an application in the city of Annemasse (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), taking charge of various services such as carpooling, taxis, parking spaces or ticketing. And soon the flying taxis?