Uber and Hyundai Motor Company have announced a partnership to develop Uber Air Taxis for a future aerial ride share network and unveiled a new full-scale aircraft concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Hyundai will produce and deploy the air vehicles, and Uber will provide airspace support services, connections to ground transportation, and customer interfaces through an aerial ride share network. Both parties are collaborating on infrastructure concepts to support take-off and landing for this new class of vehicles.
“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 vitalise 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.”
The revealed PAV (Personal Air Vehicle) model, the S-A1, is an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) and features:
- It is designed for a cruising speed up to 290 km/h, a cruising altitude of around 300m to 600m above ground, and to fly trips up to 100 km
- It will be 100 per cent electric, using distributed electric propulsion, and during peak hours will require about five to seven minutes for recharging.
- Distributed electric propulsion powers multiple rotors and propellers around the airframe to increase safety by decreasing any single point of failure.
- The model is designed to take off vertically, transition to wing-borne lift in cruise, and then transition back to vertical flight to land.
- The Hyundai vehicle will be piloted initially, but over time they will become autonomous.
- The cabin is designed with four passenger seats.