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Uber in advanced talks to sell air taxi unit: Axios

Uber has been working on various other businesses, including the development of self-driving cars, the air taxi project and a freight logistics network

Uber logo is shown on a rideshare vehicle
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Uber is in advanced talks to sell its air taxi business, Uber Elevate, to aerospace firm Joby Aviation, news website Axios reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

Uber did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Its shares rose over 6% following the news.

Hyundai, which in January announced a partnership with Uber Elevate to develop electric air taxis, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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With Uber’s business rattled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company cut 23% of its workforce in May as part of aggressive cost cuts and vowed to focus on its core ride-hailing and food-delivery businesses.

Uber has been working on various other businesses, including the development of self-driving cars, the Elevate project and a freight logistics network.

The company is also in talks to sell its self-driving business.

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