Aston Martin, a British luxury brand, recently announced plans to develop the Volante Vision Concept, a luxury concept aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities for what the company describes as “luxury personal transportation.”
“We are at the beginning of a new generation of urban transportation. Vertical mobility is no longer a fantasy,” Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said, according to a news release. “We have a unique chance to create a luxury concept aircraft that will represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology.”
The company will partner with Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Rolls-Royce to develop the system, according to the release. The fully autonomous hybrid-electric vehicle will be designed for urban and inter-city air travel and will have room for three adults.
“With the population in urban areas continuing to grow, congestion in towns and cities will become increasingly demanding,” Aston Martin President and CEO Dr. Andy Palmer said, according to the release. “We need to look at alternative solutions to reduce congestion, cut pollution and improve mobility.”
The Volante Vision Concept will feature the latest advances in aerospace, electrification and autonomous technologies, as well as Aston Martin’s signature design.
“Humans have always spent, on average, one hour commuting to and from work,” Palmer said, according to the release. “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.”