Aston Martin has revealed a new concept, but it may not be what you'd expect from the sports car specialist.
Meet the Volante Vision VTOL concept, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that aims to bring luxury personal transportation to the skies.
The design study has been created in partnership with Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Rolls-Royce plc (the aerospace company, not fellow luxury automotive marque, Rolls-Royce).
Aston Martin says the Volante Vision concept can carry three adults, and features a hybrid powertrain and autonomous technology allowing for driverless (or pilotless) air transportation – similar to the concepts shown by Uber recently.
"With the population in urban areas continuing to grow, congestion in towns and cities will become increasingly demanding," said Andy Palmer, CEO for Aston Martin.
"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."
"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." he added.
Meanwhile, CEO for Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS), Paul Hutton, said: "The introduction of autonomous and electric propulsion technologies into new aircraft designs is both inevitable and challenging, and as the UK’s leading aircraft design and production SME we are excited to be playing this key role in the Volante Vision Concept and so to be at the vanguard of this revolution in aerospace".
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