CES 2020: Uber Taps Hyundai To Build Flying Taxis

Posted: Jan 6 2020, 6:55pm CST | by , in CES

CES 2020: Uber taps Hyundai to build flying taxis

The future in ride-hailing is upon us.

Uber's dreams of operating a ride-hailing service beyond the streets is close to being a reality as the company announced that it has teamed up with Hyundai Motor to build flying taxis.

The ride-hailing giant has been looking to expand its flying taxis for a while now. In 2019, Uber launched its flight services via a helicopter in New York, followed by international markets including Australia.

Now, Uber and Hyundai have struck a partnership under which the South Korean carmaker will develop the official Uber Air Taxis for Uber's future aerial ride share network.

The two companies will showcase a full-scale aircraft concept at the biggest tech show of the year, the CES 2020, which will be kicking off in a few hours from now.

Uber and Hyundai plan to establish the flying taxi they developed as a standard for the entire industry, letting other companies copy the design.

The flying taxi can reach speeds of up to 180 miles per hour and altitudes of around 1,000-2,000 feet above ground. The very first Uber Air Taxi by Hyundai will be 100% electric and it will be initially be piloted before the companies transform it into a fully autonomous flying vehicle.

"Our vision of Urban Air Mobility will transform the concept of urban transportation... We expect UAM to vitalize 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," Hyundai's head of Urban Air Mobility Jaiwon Shin said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Uber Elevate's head, Eric Allison, 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. Combining Hyundai’s manufacturing muscle with Uber’s technology platform represents a giant leap forward for launching a vibrant air taxi network in the coming years."

CES attendees can witness the very first Uber Air Taxi by Hyundai at booth 5431, North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall.

The CES 2020 is coming up in a few hours, so make sure to catch the latest updates on the biggest consumer electronics trade show at I4U News’ dedicated CES 2020 News Hub.

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