An electric helicopter to avoid traffic and transport five people on call.
The “flying taxi” is no longer fantasy, but reality thanks to the prototype presented at the Ces, the electronics show in Las Vegas, by the South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai and the American company Uber.
A month after the announcement of the concept, Hyundai presented the full-scale model S-A1, already renamed Pav-Personal Air Vehicle, an electric aircraft capable of landing and taking off vertically which will constitute the first fleet of Uber taxi planes.
The creation of this first “flying taxi” prototype revolutionizes the world of urban mobility by opening new scenarios: the first flight of the aircraft will take place in mid 2020, but the start of the service is scheduled for 2023.
The Pav can accommodate five passengers plus the pilot and travel at a cruising speed of 290 km / h at an altitude of about 300-600 meters above the ground.
Being electric, the aircraft can be recharged in seven minutes thanks to a powerful recharge that will guarantee it an autonomy of 100 km. The car manufacturer will dedicate itself to the production of helicopters, while Uber will manage the operational part with the creation of a special app that soon will allow us to call our “flying taxi”.