Hyundai & Uber cooperate on flying taxis
At the CES this year, Hyundai and Uber have announced their cooperative effort to build air taxis to be used on the Uber platform Elevate. The two companies also presented the S-A1, a prototype for such an electrically powered vertical take-off aircraft.
Uber to test air taxis in Paris
The ride-share company Uber is working on the development of electric air taxis and announced their first research and development center outside of the USA, which will open in Paris in Fall this year.
Uber presents tentative air taxi design
Uber has brought their latest flying cab design to their second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles. The ride hail company hopes to be using their drone-like “flying car” for personal taxi transport as of 2023.
SK, Uber Elevate, Google, Red Bull Global Rallycross.
SK quadruples battery production: The South Korean company SK Innovation announced that it will quadruple production capacities for EV batteries. It will open a new plant in Seosan, which is said to increase yearly output to 3 GWh by 2018.
Uber plans flying EVs: The company says it is working on Uber Elevate, setting up an on-demand service for electric aircrafts from 2021. These will feature helicopter-like EVs that do not need a runway for takeoff or landing.
Google monetarises autonomous cars: Google’s self-driving cars business CEO John Krafcik confirmed that his business unit will soon evolve into an independent entity outside of Google. The internet giant sees itself more as a technology and mobility provider, than a carmaker.
New e-racing series: The Red Bull Global Rallycross will add a new electric car class from 2018. The Red Bull GRC CEO described e-mobility as a “hot topic,” saying that manufactures are recognizing the technology’s potential. Reason enough to “embrace” it on the track.