UBER ELEVATE – THE FUTURE OF AERIAL RIDESHARING
Uber Elevate is building the future of aerial ridesharing. Uber Elevate is Uber’s all-encompassing term for its initiative to launch uberAIR, which is the its aerial electric ride-hailing service, as well as any other initiatives (think food delivery) that may benefit from air transport.
In 2023, Uber plans to give riders the option of an affordable shared flight. Uber is working closely with federal and local policymakers to develop an aerial offering that’s safe, quiet, and environmentally conscious, and that extends the reach of existing transportation options.
Uber and Hyundai Motor Company announced a new partnership to develop Uber Air Taxis for a future aerial ride share network and unveiled a new full-scale aircraft. Hyundai is the first automotive company to join the Uber Elevate initiative, bringing automotive-scale manufacturing capability and a track record of mass-producing electric vehicles. The air vehicle concept Hyundai released today was created in part through Uber’s open design process, a NASA-inspired approach that jump-starts innovation by publicly releasing vehicle design concepts so any company can use them to innovate their air taxi models and engineering technologies.
“Hyundai is our first vehicle partner with experience of manufacturing passenger cars on a global scale,” says Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, the company’s eVTOL initiative. “We believe Hyundai has the potential to build Uber Air vehicles at rates unseen in the current aerospace industry, producing high-quality, reliable aircraft at high volumes to drive down passenger costs per trip.”
According to UK’s Flight International Hyundai’s S-A1 is designed to have a cruising speed up to 157kt (290 km/h), a cruising altitude of 1,000ft to 2,000ft, and a range up to 52nm (96.6km).The aircraft is designed to take off and land vertically, transitioning to flight on its wing for cruise mode.The S-A1 will have a pilot initially, but Hyundai and Uber plan to transition it to autonomous flight ultimately. The cabin is designed to carry four passengers.
Recently announced, Melbourne joined Dallas and Los Angeles in becoming the first cities to offer Uber Air flights, with the goal of beginning demonstrator flights in 2020 and commercial operations in 2023.
(Source and image: Uber Elevate/Flight International)