Hyundai to make fly­ing cars for Uber air taxis

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

Las Ve­gas, US - Hyundai an­nounced on Mon­day it would mass pro­duce fly­ing cars for Uber’s ae­rial rideshare net­work set to de­ploy in 2023.

The South Korean man­u­fac­turer said it would pro­duce the four-pas­sen­ger elec­tric ‘ver­ti­cal take-off and land­ing ve­hi­cles’ at ‘au­to­mo­tive scale’, with­out of­fer­ing de­tails.

The deal an­nounced at the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show (CES) in Las Ve­gas could help Uber, which is work­ing with other air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ers, to achieve its goal of de­ploy­ing air taxi ser­vice in a hand­ful of cities by 2023.

Jai­won Shin, head of Hyundai’s ur­ban air mo­bil­ity divi­sion, said he ex­pects the largescale man­u­fac­tur­ing to keep costs af­ford­able for the ae­rial sys­tems.

“We know how to mass pro­duce high qual­ity ve­hi­cles,” Shin told a news con­fer­ence at CES.

He said he ex­pected the part­ner­ship to al­low for the short­range air taxis to be ‘af­ford­able for ev­ery­one’.

Eric Al­li­son, head of Uber El­e­vate, ap­peared at the CES event with Hyundai to dis­cuss the part­ner­ship. “By tak­ing trans­porta­tion out of the two di­men­sional grid on the ground and mov­ing it into the sky, we can of­fer sig­nif­i­cant time sav­ings to our rid­ers,” Al­li­son said.


A model of a Hyundai Mo­tor Co ae­rial taxi is dis­played dur­ing a press event at CES 2020 in Las Ve­gas, US, on Mon­day

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