Paris 2024 will test electric flying vehicles in the coming months as part of a program to shuttle fans at the 2024 Summer Olympics. Pilot testing is already underway on their large-scale electric drone aircrafts which they hope will be used to shuttle sports fan from one Olympic arena to another. They hope to establish two flight paths for air taxis, to allay traffic in the densely populated city during the international event, which has seen an average of about 6 million ticket holders.
“With the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games, mastering these new technologies and uses in a densely populated area like Paris Region is not an option, it is a must,” Alexandra Dublanche, VP of the Ile-de-France Region, said in a statement.
Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, France's minister delegate for transport, added that the French state was "fully committed" to the project and had already provided nearly 25 million euros for the development of flying taxis and supported other innovative transportation projects.
France’s public transportation agencies will conduct the trial flights in partnership with about 30 manufacturers—including California-based air taxi developer Joby Aviation and German aviation company Lilium—and will prioritize tests for low-altitude air travel at heights under 300 meters.