Hyundai’s urban air mobility division, Supernal, has showcased its first Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) cabin concept.
Unveiled at the Farnborough International Airshow, the new concept shows how Hyundai is integrating “automotive capabilities” into its design to develop the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) market.
Supernal plans to launch its first commercial flying eVTOL taxi in the US by 2028.
The eVTOL firm is collaborating with more than 50 external partners from the automotive, construction and robotics industry to “co-create an expansive” AAM market.
The firm says that the new five-seat cabin concept “provides clues” to how it is using automotive design processes and materials to create the best possible AAM passenger experience.
Supernal’s new concept is made from forged carbon fibre, helping to create a light-weight interior cabin.
Inside, a combination of overhead lights - which have been inspired by car sunroofs - adjust during various stages of flight to emulate what Supernal says is a ‘light therapy” effect.
The cabin concept features recycled carbon fibre, vegan-based leather, recycled plastic fabric and responsibly sourced wood, with Supernal citing sustainability as a priority for the concept.
Alongside the commercial eVTOL craft, Hyundai Group’s Korean-based division is focusing on developing a region, city-to-city cargo and passenger aircraft powered by hydrogen.
“In order for Advanced Air Mobility to become a wide-spread mode of transportation, every detail needs to be addressed from the start and work in lockstep with one another,” said Jaiwon Shin, president of Hyundai Motor Group and CEO of Supernal.
“Leveraging Hyundai Motor Group’s mobility capabilities, Supernal is investing time and resources upfront to ensure the industry can scale to the masses in the coming decades and reach its exciting potential.”