The scene is the River Seine in Paris, ahead of the VivaTech conference, which brings together tech CEOs and startups from around the world.
French yachtsman Alain Thebault wants to turn a boat design he used to break a world speed sailing record in 2009 into a clean, fast taxi service for the waterways of major cities.
As he says on the Sea Bubbles website “We believe that pollution and global gridlock are not only threatening our welfare, but are ultimately threatening people’s freedom of mobility.”
The SeaBubbles prototype preserves its battery by rising out of the water on legs at speed. The boat – or is it a plane, or a hydroplane, or a…whatever, it looks fantastic and is designed for use as a water taxi.
The goal is to be operating the Sea Bubble as a water taxi in 50 major cities. It can’t happen quickly enough for us! »» Find out more at the SeaBubbles website