Hyundai to make flying cars for Uber air taxis
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