Uber and Hyundai have announced a partnership to develop a collection of Uber flying Cars Air Taxis for a future aerial trip share network.
The announcement, made at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 in Las Vegas, will see Hyundai produce and set up the flying cars while Uber will grant airspace support services, connections to ground transportation, and client interfaces through an aerial trip share network.
Hyundai is the first car company to be a part of the Uber Elevate initiative.
“Our vision of Urban Air Mobility will seriously change the concept of urban transportation,” vice president and head of Hyundai’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Division, Jaiwon Shin said.
“ We count on UAM to vitalize urban communities and grant extra quality time to people. We are assured that Uber Elevate is the proper accomplice to make this revolutionary product effectively on hand to as many customers as possible.”
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES 2020), the two companies published a model of a four-seat, an electric flying car that they stated you’ll be able to summon for a ride through Uber’s app someday.
The first actual prototype will be prepared in 2023, according to a Hyundai spokesperson.
A human pilot will fly the air taxi till the companies finalize the software program to autonomously control it, the company said.
HOW DOES THE FLYING CARS WORK?
The flying Hyundai S-A1 features counter-rotating blades that minimize noise and makes use of 8 different rotors to maximize efficiency.
Four rotors tilt for vertical and horizontal flight and 4 are fixed in the horizontal position so that the craft can hover.
The air taxi system, once in place, will function with stations known as Hubs, and use Purpose Built Vehicles (PBVs) to shuttle clients to and from their air taxis.
The technology is still in its early phase, and Hyundai, Uber, as well as several other organizations in the industry still face regulatory and technical challenges in executing their desires of air taxi services.
WHAT ABOUT AIR POLLUTION?
In order to minimize carbon emissions, Hyundai has ensured that the flying vehicle will be one hundred percent electric, utilizing ‘distributed electric propulsion’.
Distributed propulsion describes the flight system in place to expand performance in fuel efficiency and emissions, as well as a reduction in noise.
The car will be quickly and easily rechargeable, taking around 5-7 minutes to charge during peak hours.
Here are 6 things to know about the Hyundai, Uber Flying Cars Air Taxi model:
- Cruising speed of up to 180 mph and altitude of around 1000-2000 ft feet
- Piloted but will become autonomous
- Takes off and lands vertically
- Can fly 60-mile trips
- Room for 4 passengers
- 100% electric