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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday January 12 2017, @05:04AM   Printer-friendly
from the not-the-fifth-element-flying-taxis dept.

The egg-shaped flying river taxi is gaining support, as SeaBubbles seeks to close its third funding round in under a year and aims to firm up interest from potential customers, including the city of Paris and companies in the San Francisco Bay.

To build the first battery-powered bubble-shaped ships that hover a few inches above the water and transport as many as six people at a time, founders Alain Thebault and Anders Bringdal last month raised 3.45 million euros ($3.6 million) from French insurer Maif and venture-capital fund Partech Ventures. 

[...] The river taxis rely on reducing the amount of drag on the water, thanks to a similar technique to the one that propelled Thebault and Bringdal's record-setting Hydroptere sailboat in the air.

The water taxis are mini-hydrofoils, which work great when the water is calm.


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by MostCynical on Thursday January 12 2017, @07:39AM

    by MostCynical (2589) on Thursday January 12 2017, @07:39AM (#452870)

    I hope it performs better than previous boats made by M. Thebault - one tipped over, and then left abandoned in Hawaii.
    http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=173293 [sailinganarchy.com]

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @07:41AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @07:41AM (#452871)

    Failure is one of the steps on the road to success.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @08:54AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 12 2017, @08:54AM (#452883)

      It's also one of the steps on the road to continued failure. I'm just sayin'

  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Thursday January 12 2017, @12:42PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Thursday January 12 2017, @12:42PM (#452922)

    I'd expect a few mishaps with experimental one-off prototype record breaking innovative unique designs.

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