Ride-sharing company Uber shared the first glimpse of a flying taxi, that transported passengers to the destination by air instead of the road.
During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) exhibition in Las Vegas, Hyundai introduced the concept design of a flying taxi for Uber.
This prototype model is essentially a helicopter-inspired aircraft that will enable passengers of the Uber Air Flight Sharing Service to reach their destination by air.
Uber Air is expected to be rolled out in Los Angeles, Dallas and Melbourne by 2023, and the service will be available for a long commute.
“This car will take Uber to the sky because we can’t produce taxis that fly, so Hyundai is preparing this aircraft for us,” said Eric Allison, head of Uber Elite.
“The day to take passengers through Hyundai‘s flying taxis to the sky is closer than you expected,” he added.
Under the scheme, these flying vehicles will be gradually automated.
These Hyundai flying vehicles operate on electric power, which can travel up to 60 miles at a height of 2,000 feet and will be possible to charge in 10 minutes.
The vehicle can travel at speeds of up to 180 miles per hour, and Uber says that every 20 miles will cost around $ 100.