CES: Hyundai takes to the skies with flying taxis for Uber at CES 2020

While newcomers like FiskerRivian, and Faraday Future challenge traditional automakers with unconventional EV designs, the old players are looking up. Literally. At CES 2020, Hyundai announced the S-A1, a flying taxi it hopes to produce “at automotive scale” by 2023.

Like rivals Ford and Toyota, Hyundai is attempting to reposition itself as a “smart urban mobility provider.” To that end, it has partnered with Uber to provide the S-A1 as the backbone of Uber Elevate, an initiative Uber announced in 2017.

“We’re looking at the dawn of a completely new era that opens the skies of our cities,” said Jaiwon Shin, head of Urban Air Mobility at Hyundai. “With point-to-point air travel, we can reduce travel time drastically.”