Bell Textron reveals at CES 2020 a vivid look into the future of the smart city ecosystem. CES takes place this week in Las Vegas and showcases more than 4400 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more.
The Bell Nexus air taxi and the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) will coexist to move people, products and information across connected cities, believes Bell. Bell features additionally its Mobility as a Service (MaaS) plans which look beyond the aircraft and demonstrate how to integrate MaaS into communities, making on-demand air mobility available to everyone.
Bell has revealed an evolved design for its Nexus air taxi, with a new “4EX” version using fewer ducted fans and a longer wing than its predecessor, as well as being fully electrically powered. Unveiled in the form of a full-scale mockup, the 7,000-pound 4EX can carry four to five passengers up to 60 miles (95 kilometers) at a cruise speed of about 150 mph (240 km/h). While intended to be an electric aircraft, it has been designed to be propulsion agnostic, and a hybrid version would extend that range to beyond 150 miles.