Mirabel Is Not Immune To The Frenzy Of Flying Taxis - Nexus!
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February 2, 2020 - by ALAIN MCKENNA for lapresse.ca
In the shadow of the imposing electric quadcopter that overlooked the entire Hyundai booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas two weeks ago, was another prototype electric flying taxi.
Her name ? Nexus. His particuliarity ? It was developed ... in Mirabel.
The Nexus is a creation of the company Bell Textron, which has its Canadian facilities a little north of Montreal, in the city of Mirabel next to the Mirabel Airport YMX.
The equipment manufacturer specialized in the military sector is carrying out part of the development of its vertical take-off technology (VTOL, according to the English acronym) in Quebec.
At CES, it was highlighted in two ways: in addition to the Nexus, an electric flying taxi like those of which Uber dreams, in particular, we also saw the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT). It is a more modest flying drone capable of delivering packages weighing up to 32 kg (70 lbs).
A version that can lift 450 kg is also in the plans. With a top speed of 222 km / h, the APT risks making FedEx and Purolator in this world very hard…