Aston Martin has revealed its Volante Vision Concept, an aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities.
The Volante Vision Concept is a near future study of a flying autonomous hybrid-electric vehicle for urban and inter-city air travel, for up to three adults. The concept was produced in partnership with Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Rolls-Royce.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said, “With the population in urban areas continuing to grow, congestion in towns and cities will become increasingly demanding.
“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.
“With Aston Martin and our ‘dream team’ of British innovation across industry and academia, we are positioned to change the future of transportation, giving our customers a new dimension of freedom”.