Transportation is now a major part of our lives. We are looking for new modes of transportation and investing heavily in breakthrough technologies. This continuous trails led us to Hyperloop which is being termed as the Fifth mode of transportation. But the heavy investment and infrastructure development is the minus point of this beautiful technology.
But what if we can get an instant generation of a new mode of transport that can address the growing population and diminishing resources? This same question led to the creation of SeaBubbles, A startup that is offering to provide Water taxis utilizing unused waterways.
All about SeaBubbles
It is founded by Alain Thebault, Sailing champion and Anders Bringdal, Windsurf record holder. SeaBubbles being a startup with its primary focus on waterborne transportation want to make city travel simple and convenient without giving up on being eco-friendly.
- The objectives of this ambitious project are
- To force cities to go eco-friendly
- A good business model development allowing them to roll out to all major cities
- Exploiting waterways that are posing a negative impact on environment
- Making their services easy to book
- Reinforcing cities to attract tourists
The Timeline of this project is
SeaBubbles claim that their new vehicles will become the Uber of water. The advanced design and innovative architecture make these vehicles unique. It works on the principle of a Hydroptere sailboat which allows it to sail a few inches off the water surface. This vehicle uses both water and air for effective working.
Here are some interesting features of this vehicle
- Will run in and out of megacities with rivers
- A Take-off speed of 6-8 knots
- Silent operation '
- Absence of moving parts makes it efficient and effective
- Eco-friendly in build and operation
- Biodegradable material construction
- A working range if 80-100 km
- Propulsion using Battery
- Zero emissions and does not affect the environment
Is it in use yet?
Seabubbles is currently improving the prototype it developed and showcased to the investors. It raised 4 million euros already with its goal being 20-30 million euros. It is backed by Parrot and Partech.
The prototype developed is 14 feet long and 7 feet wide making it a compact vehicle. The startup is looking to use self-driving technology and making it the Uber of waterways that can be ordered just by a single tap on your phone. It can carry five passengers at a time and the vehicle will be charged at the preset docking stations along the bank.
It will likely to take more than a year for these water taxis to appear out. This is mostly because of the reason SeaBubbles will have to build a new transportation from ground zero.
SeaBubbles is exploring unvisited paths for a better and bigger transportation that can address the growing population. If it is even successful to some extent, it can be an inspiration to many who are trying to make the world a better place.