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August 7, 2020

Hyundai agrees UK ‘flying taxi’ infrastructure plans

Hyundai Motor has signed an agreement with Urban-Air Port of the UK to build air mobility infrastructure in the country for its future Personal Air Vehicles, according to reports in South Korea.

By Olly Wehring

Hyundai Motor has signed an agreement with Urban-Air Port of the UK to build air mobility infrastructure in the country for its future Personal Air Vehicles, according to reports in South Korea.

South Korea's leading automaker first unveiled its PAV concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January as part of its multi-faceted smart mobility solutions strategy.

Called S-A1, the 'flying taxi' was developed in partnership with US ride hailing company Uber Technologies.

Its multiple electrically driven rotors allow for vertical take off before transitioning to wing based flight when in cruise mode. It will then switch back for vertical landings.

The S-A1 has a range of 60 miles, which is expected to be extended with new battery technology, and a cruising speed of up to 180mph at an altitude of up to 600 metres. Its batteries can be recharged in just seven minutes.

Hyundai and Urban-Air Port will collaborate closely in the construction of takeoff and landing facilities for PAVs, as well as related recharging stations and maintenance and repair facilities.

Hyundai said the two partners had already agreed plans to build facilities in two UK cities, including Coventry in the Midlands.

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