Sneak Peek: Hyundai’s Future Flying Taxi Design

2024 Consumer Electronics Show: Automaker’s Revolutionary Product Concept Revealed

At the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Hyundai is introducing a revolutionary flying taxi. This groundbreaking vehicle, known as the S-A2, is based on the company’s vision concept, S-A1. It is an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle that marks the brand’s initial move towards achieving their objective of making everyday passenger air travel “safe, efficient, and affordable” for commercial use.

Back in 2020, Hyundai began its efforts on this endeavor, which may ring a bell to some. Likewise, Honda has developed its own eVTOL, estimated to have a potential range of 249 miles. Another Japanese car manufacturer, Subaru, showcased their concept of a hydrogen-fueled flying vehicle at the recent 2023 Japan Mobility Show.

When it comes to the Hyundai S-A2, its purpose is to primarily fulfill the air transportation requirements for distances of 25 to 40 miles. It has the capability to fly at a maximum speed of 120 mph while maintaining an altitude of 1,500 feet.

Supernal eVTOL Vehicle Product Concept Reveal | CES 2024 | Supernal

The S-A2’s operation is made possible by its all-electric architecture, which boasts eight all-tilting motors. As a result, the aircraft is as quiet “as a dishwasher.” During vertical take-off and landing stages, the noise level measures at 65 dB, while cruising horizontally only produces 45 dB of noise.

The development of the end product is being managed by Supernal, the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) branch of Hyundai Motor Group. The team of acclaimed engineers at Hyundai are in charge of the aesthetics. They utilized their expertise from creating road-ready vehicles. Therefore, if you appreciate the design of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, this aerial taxi may also begin to appeal to you.

Within the confines of this automobile, there are various hues and textures, consisting of aviation-standard resources and shock-resistant materials, all working together to achieve a sleek aesthetic. The advanced lighting system further adds to the illusion of spaciousness in the cabin, which can comfortably accommodate one pilot and up to four travelers.

Jaiwon Shin, president of Hyundai Motor Group and CEO of Supernal, stated, “From the beginning, Supernal’s goal has been to develop the perfect product for the perfect market at the perfect moment.” He continued, “The introduction of S-A2 showcases our steadfast dedication to fulfilling this goal by presenting a secure and efficient vehicle design that paves the way for us to enter the market.”

Hyundai has made a commitment to continue the development of their eVTOL aircraft, with the necessary certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Additionally, plans are underway to construct a new manufacturing facility in the United States. This partnership with Supernal will utilize Hyundai’s extensive production capabilities to manufacture the eVTOL on a large scale.

In a previous update from CarBuzz on the eVtol, Hyundai announced their plans to carry out a test flight during December 2024.

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