Recently, at the 2019 CES show in the United States, Bell (the US military helicopter supplier) exhibited its full-size air taxi, Bell Nexus.
Weighing 6,500 pounds, the Bell Nexus has six articulated fans that can be taken off the ground in a vertical manner, much like a regular helicopter. As for the landing, all the pilot has to do is rotate the fan back to its original position and simply lower the Nexus.
Nexus doesn’t even need to build an airport or apron alone, it can easily be placed on a 40×40 foot landing pad.
As for the powertrain, the Bell Nexus uses a hybrid system that provides excellent noise control during landing and landing.
The Nexus has a capacity of 4 passengers, plus a pilot with a total of 5 people and a battery life of up to 1 hour.
Unfortunately, the Nexus exhibited at CES is just a prototype that can’t take off. Bell said it will start testing Nexus in 2023.