Bell reveals a look at cities of the future
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, revealed its look into the future of the smart city ecosystem. The Bell Nexus air taxi and the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) are envisioned to move people, products, and information across connected cities.
“With a focus on the passenger experience, we revealed the technology and the vehicle that will revolutionize transportation in cities at CES 2019; this year, we’re demonstrating what governing, operating, working, and living in a smart city will look like,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell President and CEO.
According to the company, in a world where nearly 70% of the population will be living in urban areas by 2050 and cities are outgrowing their current transportations systems, the need for urban mobility solutions has never been greater. Bell says that it remains at the forefront of this pursuit with a clear mission of finding solutions to the infrastructure challenges of tomorrow’s transportation networks.
Mobility as a Service (MaaS) & Bell AerOS
Bell features its MaaS plans, which look beyond the aircraft and demonstrate how to integrate MaaS into communities, making on-demand air mobility available to everyone, whenever they need it.
Bell’s service is powered by Bell AerOS, a proprietary system running on Microsoft Azure created to manage fleet information, observe aircraft health, and manage throughput of goods, products, and predictive data and maintenance. This digital infrastructure is prevalent in Bell’s Smart City vision at the show and serves as another step in bringing connected mobility to the masses.
Nexus 4EX showcased
Bell is showcasing the evolution of the Bell Nexus—the Bell Nexus 4EX (four for the number of ducted fans, E for electric and X for experimental). The aircraft features Bell’s signature powered-lift concept with four tilting ducted fans that can be configured as hybrid-electric or all-electric. Bell believes this design unlocks the key for all electric technology, but the vehicle will remain propulsion agnostic depending on customer needs.
“The vision for the Bell Nexus remains the same, but by taking a mature system level approach to design for an objective market vehicle, we believe this configuration unlocks a capable, certifiable, and commercially viable product,” said Snyder.
Visit Bell at CES in the Mobility Hall in booth 7914.
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