The race to be a leader in the flying vehicle sector just got a little more crowded with news that Aston Martin is to enter the fray. The luxury carmaker has revealed the Volante Vision Concept, a luxury concept aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities. Produced in partnership with Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Rolls-Royce, the concept aircraft aims to bring luxury personal transportation to the sky.
With room for three adults, the concept is a near-future study that previews a flying autonomous hybrid-electric vehicle for urban and inter-city air travel, providing fast, efficient and congestion free luxurious travel.
“With the population in urban areas continuing to grow, congestion in towns and cities will become increasingly demanding,” said Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO. “We need to look at alternative solutions to reduce congestion, cut pollution and improve mobility. Air travel will be a crucial part in the future of transportation, the Volante Vision Concept is the ultimate luxury mobility solution.
“Humans have always spent on average, one hour commuting to and from work. The distance we live from our workplace has been determined by the methods of transportation available. The Volante Vision Concept will enable us to travel further with our hourly commute, meaning we are able to live further away from where we work. Cities will grow, and towns that are today too far away from cities to be commutable will become suburban.”
Power for the concept will likely come from a hybrid-electric system developed by Rolls-Royce.
“We are delighted to be involved in the Volante Vision Concept, which showcases the best of British design and engineering,” said Rob Watson, Director Rolls-Royce Electrical. “Rolls-Royce has already delivered hybrid-electric systems for other applications including ships and trains, and we’re very excited about the potential of the technology in aerospace. This is a great opportunity to collaborate on a pioneering project which will use high performance hybrid-electric propulsion technologies for personal air mobility concepts that could transform the future of transportation.”