Back in December 2019, Hyundai announced it will present its first concept Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) at the 2020 CES. And the company kept its promise: a full-size Uber Ait Taxi vowed the crowds in Las Vegas!
The air taxi was created in part through Uber’s open design process, a NASA-inspired approach that jump-starts innovation by publicly releasing vehicle design concepts so any company can use them to innovate their air taxi models and engineering technologies.
According to this partnership, Hyundai will have to develop the cars, while Uber will have to provide airspace support services, connections to ground transportation, and customer interfaces through an aerial rideshare network.
Hyundai’s new air taxi is, of course, an electric vehicle with a range of about 60 miles. It can go to speeds of up to 180 mph and can fly to an altitude of around 1,000-2,000 feet (300 – 600 mt) above ground. The car will need someone to help its takeoff, but after that will become autonomous.
“Our vision of Urban Air Mobility will transform the concept of urban transportation,” said Jaiwon Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Division. “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.”
“Hyundai is our first vehicle partner with experience in manufacturing passenger cars on a global scale. We believe Hyundai has the potential to build Uber Air vehicles at rates unseen in the current aerospace industry, producing high quality, reliable aircraft at high volumes to drive down passenger costs per trip. Combining Hyundai’s manufacturing muscle with Uber’s technology platform represents a giant leap forward for launching a vibrant air taxi network in the coming years,” said Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate.