Hyundai Unveils S-A2 Air Taxi Concept at CES 2024
Hyundai has unveiled its new concept for the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi, the S-A2, at the CES 2024 event in Las Vegas.
This eVTOL is a follow-up to the S-A1 model introduced at the same event in 2020, and Hyundai envisions the S-A2 as the solution for daily urban transportation, allowing passengers to travel much faster than by car or bus while bypassing traffic.
The S-A2 has a cruising speed of 120 miles per hour at an altitude of 1500 feet and is designed for short flights ranging from 25 to 40 miles.
The aircraft features eight rotors and electric propulsion that operates quietly, unlike traditional noisy helicopters.
Internally, the vehicle has seats for the pilot and four passengers, along with lighting that provides visual signals for entry and exit points.
For safety, it contains redundant components such as a transmission system and flight control tools that can take over in case of main component failure.
Hyundai’s air mobility subsidiary, Supernal, aims to achieve commercial aviation safety levels and enter the market with its eVTOL air taxi by 2028.
When Supernal enters the market, it plans to use Hyundai’s large-scale production capabilities to manufacture its own eVTOL air taxis and ensure cost-effective operations.