Uber Elevate has selected Hyundai to supply and potentially mass produce a vehicle for its urban air mobility model with the goal of launching an air taxi service in the near future.
The companies signed the deal at the recent CES 2020 exhibition, where Hyundai showcased a Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) called the S-A1.
As a part of the agreement, Hyundai will develop a PAV model for Uber to use to provide an urban air mobility service to customers.
The S-A1 is a fully-electric model capable of transporting four passengers and a pilot up to 100km on a single charge. It is designed to be safe, quiet, affordable and passenger-centred.
The S-A1 is a piloted craft but the aim is to create an autonomous version.
Uber Elevate already works with the likes of Boeing, Bell, Embraer. The company has previously said that it could launch flight demonstrations this year and launch commercially in 2023.
Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, said: “Hyundai is our first vehicle partner with experience of manufacturing passenger cars on a global scale.
“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.”