Perhaps the reality of air taxis is not that far away, as Michael Cole, chief executive for European operations of South Korean automaker Hyundai, says flying cars will become everyday means of urban travel by the second half of the decade.
Hyundai teamed up with Uber to develop a flying taxi, as they expect to see electric flying cars in cities before the end of the decade. “We think that by the latter part of this decade certainly,” said Michael Cole at a conference of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. “Urban air mobility will offer great opportunity to free up congestion in cities, to help with emissions, whether that’s intra-city mobility in the air or whether it’s even between cities,” he added.
The full-scale model of the aircraft, developed jointly by the two companies, was unveiled at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Created as part of the company’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) plans, the eVTOL—electric vertical takeoff and landing—vehicle is named S-A1. The device will accommodate five people, including the pilot.