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Hyundai Motor Group presents Supernal S-A2 concept at CES 2024

We’re getting closer to urban air travel

Would you ride something like this for your city commutes? PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

The Hyundai Motor Group  has set its sights on the sky with its advanced air mobility (AAM) company Supernal. For this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Supernal unveiled its S-A2 concept.

You probably won't hear this thing cruising from the ground. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

Four people plus the pilot can fit in this electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle. The V-tail aircraft is designed for a cruising speed of 193km/h at an altitude of 457.2m for urban trips as far as 64km. Propelling this are eight rotors that are no louder than a normal conversation, with a volume of 65dB during takeoff and 45dB while cruising.

Key to the S-A2’s design is the convergence of aerospace engineering with the automotive aesthetics that HMG is known for—“auto meets aero” in the words of HMG chief creative officer Luc Donckerwolke. So, we can expect the aircraft to be just as stylish as it is functional.

Seems like the luggage is stored beside the pilot. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

If things go smoothly, Supernal aims to enter the market by 2028 and make urban air travel commonplace.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.