Aston Martin seems to be very busy developing vehicles as of late. From revealing the quirky V8 Cygnet to developing a vehicle capable of taking on Porsche's Nurburgring record in a 919 Hybrid Evo, the British marque indeed appears to have their hands full. Now, it looks like the automaker will be going into other ventures apart from automobiles.
The British automaker – should we also say aircraft manufacturer? – recently revealed the Volante Vision Concept. While it does sound like a vehicle's name, it is in fact an airplane. It was developed in collaboration with Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, and Rolls-Royce (the aircraft manufacturer), and hopes to bring 'luxury personal transportation' to the skies.
“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,” said Aston Martin president and CEO Dr Andy Palmer.
Unlike most light aircrafts flying nowadays, the Volante Vision Concept is said to make use of the latest electrification and autonomous technologies available, making it a hybrid-electric autonomous aircraft. It will also be equipped with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) abilities, allowing it to be used in almost any ubran area without the need for a runway like a conventional aircraft. This would allow owners to travel to and from work without any traffic.
“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,” added Palmer.
Given that this is a near future study, Aston Martin has yet to release technical details about the aircraft - that is if they actually do produce it.