Uber Teams Up with Hyundai to Prepare Urban Air Taxis

IMPERIUMDAILY.COM-JAKARTA – Air taxi for urban areas was initiated by Hyundai together with an application-based transportation provider, Uber.

The new Hyundai Uber partnership was announced Monday 6 January 2020 at the 2020 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show event. In this exhibition at the same time showing off the concept plane for the taxi air.

The air vehicle concept released by Hyundai was partly created through the Uber open design process. The approach used was inspired by NASA, who started the innovation by launching the concept of vehicle design publicly. NASA’s design can be used for air taxi models and engineering technology.

In this partnership, Hyundai will produce and use air vehicles. Whereas Uber will provide airspace support services, connections to land transportation, and customer interfaces through air travel sharing networks.

The two sides collaborated on the concept of infrastructure to support take-off and landing for this air taxi.

“Our vision of Urban Air Mobility will change the concept of urban transportation,” Jaiwon Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai’s Urban Air Mobility Division (UAM), said in an official statement, quoted Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

“We expect UAM to revive urban communities and provide more quality time for the community. We believe that Uber Elevate is the right partner to make this innovative product available to as many customers as possible. “

“Hyundai is our first vehicle partner with experience in producing passenger cars on a global scale. We believe Hyundai has the potential to build Uber Air vehicles at prices that do not exist in the aerospace industry today, producing high-quality and reliable aircraft at high volumes to reduce passenger costs per trip, “said Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate.

Hyundai has collaborated with Uber Elevate to develop the PAV (Personal Air Vehicle) model, S-A1, which uses an innovative design process to optimize aircraft vertical take-off and electric vertical landing (eVTOL) for air travel.

The Elevate Initiative bases this process on NASA’s historical approach in issuing design concepts openly to inspire innovation among many companies, encouraging the development of general research models to examine new aerodynamic concepts and catalyze industrial progress in wing design, noise, aerodynamics, and simulation verification.

As a result, the Hyundai S-A1 model launched at CES reflects the previous eVTOL design that Uber Elevate has released. (ant / yos)

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