Hyundai has been developing a “flying car” which they unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. The company has also announced that they will be building a fleet of vehicles for a future Uber venture called “Uber Elevate.”
“Uber Elevate” is a new offering from Uber which will provide air-taxi services for more upscale customers beginning in 2023. The service is expected to begin in Dallas, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. This is not to be confused with the helicopter rides that the company will be offering from places like lower Manhattan to John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The flying Hyundai will be able to hold up to five people and will travel at speeds of up to 180 mph (290 km/h), while flying at an altitude of about 1,000–2,000 feet (300–600 meters) above the ground.
The innovative vehicle will be using small electric-powered rotors, which will produce much less noise and exhaust than a traditional combustion engine helicopter, a feature that will make this service far more attractive to areas that are concerned about things like air or noise pollution. The battery capabilities will be extremely impressive, and will only require about 5 to 7 minutes for charging in between rides, and one full charge will have a range of up to 60 miles (100 kilometers).
Hyundai also announced the creation of a “Purpose Built Vehicle” (PBV) which will provide ground transportation to and from the station. While both companies hope that this dream can become a reality in just a few years, they still have yet to conduct any test flights or reveal any details about how much money it will cost.
Uber is reportedly working on its own flying vehicles for the service as well, and they have released some concept photos of their own designs over the years too, but it is not clear how far these designs are away from production either.