Hyundai Visualizes Future Of Cities With Urban Air Mobility

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Eric Allison, head of Uber's Elevate department, added: 'Hyundai is our first vehicle partner with experience of manufacturing passenger cars on a global scale.

Hyundai also showed off concepts for a landing hub and a Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV) for ground transportation.

The deal makes Hyundai the first auto company to join Uber Elevate, which hopes to run flight demonstrations this year with a goal of making services available in 2023. "We expect UAM to vitalize urban communities and provide more quality time to people".

South Korean automaker Hyundai unveiled its concept flying auto, a full-scale prototype that is set to be mass-produced under a partnership it has struck with Uber Technologies Inc.

Details: Under their partnership, Hyundai will produce and deploy the aircraft and Uber will manage the aerial rideshare network, including connections to ground transportation. The air vehicle concept Hyundai released today was created in part through Uber's open design process, a NASA-inspired approach that jump-starts innovation by publicly releasing vehicle design concepts so any company can use them to innovate their air taxi models and engineering technologies.

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Last we heard, Uber was partnering with Macquarie, Telstra and Scentre Group (owner and operator of Westfield) as well as Melbourne airport in order to build out this urban aviation network. At CES today, Hyundai's brought a glimpse of its vision for smart mobility working together in a smart city, with the S-A1 personal air vehicle, S-Link purpose-built vehicle, and S-Hub landing and docking space where the two come together.

Hyundai's electric aircraft utilizes distributed electric propulsion, powering multiple rotors and propellers around the airframe to increase safety by decreasing any single point of failure.

During peak hours, it will need about seven minutes for recharging, giving it a range of 60 miles (100 kilometers) between charges. Using several, smaller rotors powered by electric drive also reduces noise production relative to conventional, large-rotor helicopters with combustion engines, an important trait for its usage in cities. "We are confident that Uber Elevate is the right partner to make this innovative product readily available to as many customers as possible".

The vision will be implemented through three main solutions of urban air mobility (UAM), goal built vehicles (PBV) and mobility hubs, according to Chung.

Initially, the S-A1 has been created to fly under pilot operation, though in time the vehicles will become autonomous, said Hyundai. So, this news from Hyundai is a pretty big deal, because it gives the ride-hailing company and its lofty Uber Elevate plans some legitimacy. The vehicles will be integrated with Hyundai's infrastructure concept called the Hub, wherein the PBVs and PAVs will be docked and connected. It was built to be able to take off and land vertically and has enough room for four passengers with each carrying a personal bag.

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