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Hyundai, Uber to develop flying taxis

Uber Technologies Inc. partnered with Hyundai Motor Co. to develop vehicles for a flying taxi service, according to a Jan. 6 joint release.

The two companies unveiled a full-scale electric personal aircraft vehicle concept called the S-A1 that would become part of the Uber Air Taxis fleet at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The S-A1 has a range of up to 60 miles, is capable of flying at speeds of up to 180 miles per hour and can seat four passengers. It will initially be piloted but will become autonomous over time.

Under the deal, the South Korean carmaker will produce and deploy the vehicles, while Uber will provide airspace support services, connections to ground transportation and customer interfaces via an aerial ride share network.

Hyundai becomes the first vehicle manufacturer to partner with Uber Elevate, which was launched in 2016 with the goal of operating flying cars.

In October 2019, Porsche Automobil Holding SE partnered with U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. to develop electric flying cars.