Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies and South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor plan to jointly develop electric air taxis, joining the race for “flying cars” to ease urban congestion.
Hyundai unveiled a concept electric aircraft developed with Uber at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, Reuters reports.
The air vehicle is designed to fly on trips of up to 60 miles, and has a cruising speed of up to 180 miles per hour.
Uber has pledged to begin demonstrator urban flights in 2020 and commercial operations in 2023 as part of its project, which also counts Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences as one of its partner firms.
Hyundai is the first carmaker to team up with Uber on the project.
“Hyundai will produce and deploy the air vehicles, and Uber will provide airspace support services, connections to ground transportation, and customer interfaces through an aerial ride share network,” the two companies were quoted as saying in a joint statement.
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