Hyundai is partnering with Uber to make flying taxis for the Uber Elevate aerial ride-hailing service. The South Korean carmaker will not only be mass developing these VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft but they will also be deploying them for Uber’s Air Taxi network.
This week a mock-up, called S-A1, was showcased at CES 2020. The two companies have developed PAV (personal air vehicle) that is capable of traveling 60 miles while carrying four passengers at speeds of 180mph.
That is not all. Hyundai also revealed a landing hub that is basically a terminal for flying taxis. Furthermore, they also debuted PBV (Purpose Built Vehicle) for ground transportation to carry passengers to and from the station. Hyundai says that PBV will use AI to find the best routes and it will travel in groups.
Jaiwon Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Division said, “our vision of Urban Air Mobility will transform the concept of urban transportation.” He also said “we expect UAM to vitalize urban communities and provide more quality time to people. We are confident that Uber Elevate is the right partner to make this innovative product readily available to as many customers as possible.”
Uber Elevate was first announced in 2016. The aim of this program is to develop air transportation that links cities and suburbs. Uber Air is expected to reduce congestion by flying air taxis at altitudes of 1,000 to 2,000 feet. Additionally, Uber predicts that the 55-mile trip from Marina San Francisco to downtown San Jose would only take 15 minutes on UberAIR. While on UberX, depending on traffic, the same trip would take 2 hours or more.
Uber expects to launch its flying taxis in 2023
UberAIR flights will be offered in Dallas, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia. Demonstration flights will begin this year and the company hopes to launch commercial operations in 2023.
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Source: Uber Elevate