Hyundai partners up with Uber Elevate, debuts air taxi concept S-A1

Hyundai built a flying car. Okay, not really a car, the Hyundai Urban Air Mobility concept S-A1 is more of an air taxi.

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Hyundai's Urban Air Mobility S-A1 concept debuted at CES 2020 this week.

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The air taxi concept was designed with the Uber Elevate aerial ride-hailing service in mind, making use of Uber's suggested spec.

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The small aircraft is capable of vertical take-off and landing, converting to fixed-wing flight once cruising altitude has been reached.

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Hyundai estimates a top speed of about 200 mph, with a cruising range of about 60 miles.

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The fully electric craft can be recharged in six or seven minutes between trips, according to Hyundai.

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With quiet electric motors and props, the S-A1 is able to be used in dense urban areas where a helicopter might be too loud.

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The concept boasts seating for up to five passengers, including the pilot.

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Uber Elevate plans the first demonstration flights in 2020 with its air taxi service going online for customers in 2023. Perhaps the Hyundai S-A1 will be among the vehicles in its fleet.

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