Uber and Hyundai announced, last Monday (6), a partnership to develop uberAIR, a project that aims to bring air vehicles as an option for urban transport. In the announcement, carried out during CES 2020, in Las Vegas, in the United States, the companies presented a full-scale aircraft concept and also indicated that the vehicle will be 100% electric, reaching speeds of up to 290 km / h.
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Uber and Hyundai announce partnership for flying car travel
In addition, in the agreement between the companies, Hyundai is in charge of developing and implementing the vehicles, while Uber must provide the service and all the support for making the air taxi. The South Korean company is the first global automobile manufacturer to close a partnership with the Uber Elevate project, where it will mass produce this type of electric vehicle.
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Air vehicle model will be presented during CES 2020 Photo: Divulgao / Hyundai
According to the announcement, the concept of air vehicle disclosed by Hyundai was created through an open project developed by Uber itself. The application transport company has publicly disseminated vehicle concepts to any manufacturer in order to innovate its air taxi models and develop new technologies in the engineering sector.
In addition, both parties will collaborate with the development of infrastructure for landings and takeoffs of this type of transport, which, in the beginning, was called Skyport. According to the brand, this initiative should reduce travel costs.
Model SA-1 has a cabin for up to four passengers Photo: Divulgao / Hyundai
Regarding the concept of a full-scale vehicle, the car manufacturer developed a model called the S-A1. According to the company, the vehicle can reach speeds of up to 290 km / h during flights, in addition to having autonomy for trips of up to 100 km and being able to fly at a height between 300 and 600 meters.
The SA-1 was developed with fully electric motors that power several rotors and propellers during flights. Its cabin was designed to accommodate up to four passengers, where there is space for each to carry a backpack or suitcase. Also according to Hyundai, the batteries have a fast charging system, where the promise that it will take between five and seven minutes for a complete recharge.
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