UK Misses Out on Cute, Environmentally-Friendly River Taxi Trial

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

The French are getting cool river taxis things and we could have had them if the people in suits had just asked.

Created by a pair of chaps called Alain Thébault and Anders Bringdal, the cute, environmentally-friendly pods are called Sea Bubbles, and are set to be tested on Paris’ river Seine next spring. They’re solar-powered and appear to crawl over the surface of the water, thanks to their unusual, drag-reducing appendages.

The Bubbles are made of a combination of fibreglass and high-density foam, capable of whizzing around at up to 30km/h (18.6mph), and can carry five people at a time.

Thébault has a grand vision for the future of Sea Bubbles, and hopes people will be able to hail them through apps like Uber at some point.

Unfortunately, they unlikely to arrive in the UK anytime soon. “If London had helped us out I think we would have started out there,” he told the Telegraph. Apparently our officials didn’t even ask. [Telegraph]