BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) — U.S. taxi software giant Uber and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. announced Monday that they plan to work together to develop electric air taxis to join a pilot car development competition to ease urban congestion. Hyundai unveiled a concept electric aircraft developed with Uber at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, designed to fly 60 miles (100 kilometers) and cruise at 180 mph (290 kph).
Uber has previously pledged to start testflights of air taxis in 2020 and commercially in 2023. Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing subsidiary, is one of its partners in the project. Hyundai was the first automaker to partner with Uber on the project.
“Hyundai will produce and deploy air vehicles, and Uber will provide airspace support services, ground transportation connections and customer interfaces through the air traffic sharing network,” the companies said in a joint statement. “