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SXSW 2019

Air Taxi | Making the Dream a Reality

This panel would be comprised of industry leaders who are actively working toward making the Air Taxi network a reality. In the last few years, vehicle designs from a wide range of industries including Space & Technology, Aviation and Automotive have been released to ignite the conversation. And ridesharing giant, Uber brought several companies together to design and manufacture eVTOLs (electric take-off and landing vehicles) to provide a new age of on-demand transportation for future generations. The convergence of these companies and technologies is accelerating our ability to achieve real improvements in air mobility and opening new possibilities for flight, such as addressing the issues surrounding transportation congestion in urban areas.

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  1. As space at ground level is limited by existing infrastructure, it is imperative that the future of Urban Mobility look to the vertical dimension.
  2. Even with designing and flying the aircraft, the biggest challenge will be certification, infrastructure and flight patterns within urban cities.
  3. We need public education, awareness and excitement to make Air Taxi a reality.


  • Michael Thacker, Executive Vice President, Technology and Innovation, Bell
  • Scott Drennan, Vice President, Bell


Lindsey Hughes, Communications Manager, Bell

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Level: Advanced
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