Hyundai in September announced it had established a new Urban Air Mobility division headed by a NASA veteran, whose task is to explore the potential for a flying taxi.
We'll get a taste of just what the division is planning with the reveal of a concept for a flying taxi at next month's Consumer Electronics Show.
Hyundai's concept is called the Personal Air Vehicle, and a teaser suggests it will be a small, light aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing. It will also likely be electric given the lack of openings for cooling and exhaust venting.
In a short statement released last week, Hyundai said the flying taxi concept is designed to take-off and land at dedicated hubs which passengers could reach either by existing transport networks or a fully self-driving shuttle Hyundai is developing called the Purpose Built Vehicle.
Cities are expected to grow in coming years coinciding with the growth in the number of jobs that are digital-based. This will only add to congestion which in some of the world's largest cities is already severe. Both governments and private companies see small, electrically powered flying taxis as a potential solution. Since they are much quieter than helicopters, they could potentially be used to fly more routes across cites without upsetting residents under the flight path.
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