As attendees stepped towards the stage to hear Bell’s commitment to on-demand mobility (ODM), AR cameras prepared to change everyone’s ideas about mobility and how the transportation of people and goods could become more efficient and effective. Scenes of a family leaving for the airport – not via the traditional taxi or Uber but aboard the Nexus – played alongside scenes of the Nexus transitioning into a logistics carrier and helping a company become more productive. Debuting the Nexus Air Taxi gave CES attendees an up close and personal view of transportation of the future. The grand finale of the showcase on ODM was veiwing the ducts on the Nexus shift from vertical to forward flight mode. An audible gasp could be heard from the audience every time they moved.
Following the AR experience, attendees had the opportunity to check out Bell’s exciting new Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) venture. The APT family varies in payload capability, serving many mission sets from medical, law enforcement, offshore missions and on-demand delivery services. Bell displayed two different versions of the APT family – APT 20 and APT 70.