When in October Hyundai announced the opening of a flying car development division, even hiring NASA specialists, it aimed to look for new technologies to support these vehicles. The manufacturer is now taking another important step and has partnered with Uber to give these cars a goal: to create a fleet of flying taxis.
The companies are joining the race to build air vehicles, which include Airbus / Audi with its Vahana Alpha Two, Volocopter which will start testing and public demonstrations of its air taxi this year; Larry Page's Kitty Hawk Cora is also in the skies of New Zealand. And then there are several other drone startup projects to transport people.
Uber Air, as it was christened, aims to start operations in 2023, said Eric Allison, leader of Uber Elevate, at CES, cited by Reuters. On the other hand, Euisun Chung, executive vice president of the automotive manufacturer, believes that the commercialization of air mobility does not take place before 2028, considering that all laws and systems are already defined.
In addition to Hyundai, Boeing through its subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences will also participate in Uber's flying taxis, which will operate mobility services with a total of eight manufacturers involved in the project.
Regarding the Hyundai prototype, which the company has on display at CES, it was designed to carry four passengers, plus one pilot, during trips up to 100 km. This is not the first time to mention how this future transport will be affordable and affordable. By 2025, the manufacturer expects to invest about $ 1.5 billion in the project.