Hyundai Debuts Flying Car, Other Future Mobility Concepts


  • Hyundai E4U Picture

    Hyundai E4U Picture

    The Hyundai E4U egg car is designed for single-person mobility. | April 12, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • Hyundai has introduced a flying car, along with other future mobility concepts as part of an internal design contest.
  • The "multi-rotor flying car" is powered by four electric motors and propellers "which means the car can hover above the ground, keeping the driver above congestion," the company said in a statement.
  • It also debuted a "portable transforming car" that the driver can control "with brain waves."

SEOUL, South Korea — Hyundai has introduced a flying car, along with other future mobility concepts as part of an internal design contest.

The "multi-rotor flying car" is powered by four electric motors and propellers "which means the car can hover above the ground, keeping the driver above congestion," the company said in a statement.

It also debuted a "portable transforming car" that the driver can control "with brain waves" and the E4U egg car, which is designed to be driven on narrow roads in urban areas.

The design contest is partly tongue-in-cheek. One unidentified Hyundai engineer riding the portable transforming car is wearing a wizard's hat that looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie.

"You carry this around with you and [the] driver can control it with their brain waves using mind control," the company said in a statement describing the portable transforming car.

The E4U appears to have the most potential. It was also shown at the recent 2013 Seoul Auto Show. Hyundai describes it as "a new concept of future mobility for one person." Its speed and steering can be controlled with one electric motor. Its rear legs can be folded and the side parts are detachable, which is designed to minimize the required parking space.

"The name E4U embraces 4 Es," said Hyundai. "Egg, Evolution, Electricity and Eco-friendliness."

Other concepts include a "spare tire electric bike" that essentially is a spare tire that quickly folds out into an electric bike. This can be used "in the event of a puncture when traffic is heavy," the company said.

A "five-jointed car" can climb steps, while a wind bike features propellers powered by the wind.

Edmunds says: Hyundai's flying car is not ready for prime time, but it sure is fun to watch Korean engineers let their hair down.

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