“Revolutionizing Transportation: Highlights from CES 2024’s Honda EVs and Hyundai’s Air Taxi Plans”

CES has increasingly become defined by what automakers and other mobility-focused companies bring to Las Vegas, and CES 2024 has been no exception. Honda’s 0 series EVs, Saloon and Space-Hub concepts debutIf you’re tired of “thick, heavy” EVs, Honda has an alternative vision for you. The carmaker showcased a more sleek design for its Saloon concept, while the Space-Hub takes a more family-friendly van approach. Though like its standard form factor, the voice-powered ChatGPT could still be tricked, as we learned in a hands-on demo. Kia’s modular EV lineup is revealedModular phones may have come and gone, but Kia hopes modular vehicles will have a bit more success.

CES has become synonymous with the latest innovations in the automotive industry, and CES 2024 is no exception. While some major players from previous years like Ford, GM, and Toyota were absent, other companies stepped up with exciting reveals in the form of EVs, flying vehicles, and discussions on the future of “software-defined vehicles” and generative AI.

The TechCrunch team is on the ground in Las Vegas, led by Transportation Editor Kirsten Korosec, bringing you all the updates on the mobility front. Keep up with the latest news and releases right here.

Honda showcases a futuristic vision with 0 series EV debut

If you’re tired of clunky, heavy EVs, Honda has an alternative in store for you. The automaker unveiled its sleek Saloon concept and a family-friendly option, the Space-Hub van. With plans for a North American launch in 2026, Honda is taking a bold step into the future with its 0 series lineup.

Meanwhile, one of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page, backs Pivotal in their release of the Helix electric personal aircraft. Priced at $190,000 and already garnering preorders, the Helix requires no Federal Aviation Administration pilot certification. Get a closer look at this cutting-edge vehicle here.

Hyundai’s eVTOL aircraft takes to the skies in 2028

Supernal, a subsidiary of Hyundai, stole the show with the debut of their S-A2 electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Plans to partner with Uber Elevate and create a network of aerial taxis are in the works, but a launch is still years away. Keep an eye out for their proposal to the FAA in 2025 and a 2028 launch. Don’t miss our interview with the Supernal team for more insights.

Kia is betting on modularity for its new EV lineup

While modular phones may not have taken off, Kia is confident that their modular vehicles will be a hit. With interchangeable electric powertrains and tops held together by electromagnets, the company plans to release the PV5 three-row van in 2025 at an approximate cost of $35,000. Read our initial thoughts on this unique concept here.

Google Maps now includes real-time battery information for EV owners

Android Auto now displays your car’s charge status, recommends charging stops, and estimates how much charge you’ll have left at your destination. For other trip planning updates, read more here.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates from CES 2024!

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