Hyundai’s flying car concept aims to reduce congestion in major cities and could even reach speeds of up to 180 miles per hour. The vehicle could have a range of up to 60 miles when launched in a major revelation for commuters into city centres.
The fully-electric flying car could even be recharged in just five minutes in peak traffic to enable an efficient passenger ride service for residents of major cities.
Flying cars are likely will become available to hire as a taxi through the Uber app and could see journey times through dramatically reduced.
Hyundai revealed the full-scale model flying car at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
However, Hyundai has not yet conducted any test flights or announced how much the new flying machines will cost.
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The agreement between the companies will see Hyundai focus on producing the product with Uber offering support for the logistics behind the project.
A joint statement from Uber and Hyundai said: “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 rideshare network.”
The flying S-A1 vehicle will feature special air blades which will minimise noise and maximise efficiency.
The cabin will have four passenger seats and will have enough space to allow each user to carry a small personal bag for possessions.
Hyundai is Uber Elevate’s first vehicle partner who has experience with manufacturing ordinary passenger cars.
The taxi-service wishes to conduct a flight demonstration of the new product by the end of 2020 to put them on schedule for a 2023 launch.
Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate said: “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.”
In a launch video released on social media, Hyundai shows the flying cars using specially-designed landing zones to ferry passengers.
Uber has said the group is consulting with architectures to build sky ports capable of handling up to 1,000 landings per hour in prime locations.
In a social media statement, Hyundai said: “A revolution in city travel is beginning. Introducing our vision of future mobility, Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
“We can now utilise urban air space to connect communities and fly on demand like never before. Check it out at CES 2020.”
It’s not the first time a car manufacturer has looked into the possibility of launching flying car technology.
Porsche have signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing to build a fully-electric luxurious aircraft to fly people through congested cities.
Airbus have also conducted a test flight of their Vahana flying electric vehicle releasing a video of the machine hovering for 53 seconds.