Hyundai Motor Group has outlined its commitment to provide customers with freely moving seamless mobility that connects the sky and the ground. And UAM is the core technology that would enable aviation without constraints on geography and time to become a much more accessible means of public transportation.
Hyundai Motor Group established a UAM-exclusive department in 2019 to realize the ‘Democratization of Flight’, expecting to commercialize by 2028. And to this end, the Group is focusing on creating an agile product roadmap and securing core technologies such as aircraft design, flight control software, and safety technology. In addition, we plan to maximize synergy by actively utilizing automotive technologies such as batteries, motors, lightweight materials, and autonomous driving.
In order for an UAM to fly in crowded cities, it must have top-notch technologies. UAM houses Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) that independently drives multiple rotors to reduce noise and prevent safety hazards.
There is a reason why UAM is the perfect personal air vehicle in dense urban areas – it’s that it houses Distributed Electric Propulsion technology. Distributed electric propulsion technology uses electric energy created from one single battery to operate multiple independent rotors; so even if one rotor fails, the vehicle still flies safely as the others continue to run. Also, to minimize noise, it uses smaller rotors than those of a helicopter, and only uses certain rotors when necessary for various flight conditions such as takeoff, landing, or in the middle of a flight.
S-A1 is a concept model presented by Hyundai Motor Group as their first vision of the UAM business. With a total of eight rotors, the S-A1 has a 15-meter-long wing and a 10.7-meter-long body, enabling vertical take-off and landing without a runway. A total of five people, including a pilot, can fly trips up to about 100 km. It is designed for a cruising speed up to 290 km/h, and the high-speed battery charging only takes about 5 minutes while passengers get in and out of the vehicle. In addition, the parachute deployment system for emergency situations, quiet cabin design that helps smooth communication between passengers, and lightweight carbon composite materials ensure safety, convenience, and cost-efficiency.
Year History 2019
- Established a UAM-exclusive department
- ‘S-A1’ first unveiled at CES 2020
- 'Announced a new company named, Supernal, an evolution of UAM Division
- UAM commercialization
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