Aston Martin Launches Luxury Plane Concept
The Volante Vision concept announced by Aston Martin aims to provide luxury personal transportation and looks more like a flying car than a plane!
17:42 25 June 2019
Looking at the concept images for the Volante Vision, we wouldn’t blame you for thinking that it looks more like something out of a James Bond movie than a distinct possibility, but Aston Martin has high hopes for their concept aircraft. Designed with the aim of providing luxury personal transportation, the Volante Vision has been likened to a flying car, but in truth it’s more along the lines of a light aircraft. Sci-fi concepts aside, we cannot wait to see the release of the first Aston Martin Volante Vision.
Designing a Luxury Light Aircraft
Aston Martin partnered with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions based at Cranfield University and the civil aerospace division of Rolls-Royce plc in order to create the Volante Vision and this marks Aston Martin’s first exploration into personal air mobility. With vertical take-off and landing capabilities, Aston Martin believes that personal air travel will be a crucial part of the future of transportation and simply see their concept aircraft as being ahead of the curve.
Personal Air Travel for Urban Use
The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities were designed with the urban landscape in mind, a feature which the British aerospace industry has pioneered since 1960s and the release of the Hawker Harrier Fighter jet. The Volante Vision was also created with the environment in mind and makes use of a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor to create the first hybrid powered aircraft for inter-city – as opposed to inter-continental – travel. This is innovation on par with online pokies NZ!
The Future is Personal Air Transportation
According to Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s President and CEO, as the population of urban environments continues to increase, so does the demand on roads and ultimately the congestion in towns and cities will become prohibitive. The Volante Vision concept was therefore born out of the need for alternatives to road travel to reduce congestion and pollution and improve mobility. The future is clearly personal air travel and the Volante Vision aims to be ultimate in luxury mobility solutions.
Personal Air Transportation Will Allow for Urban Expansion
People spend at least an hour commuting to and from work, on average, and the distance we live from where we work has always been determined by the transportation available. However, if the concept of personal air transportation becomes a reality, we would be able to travel further and live further away from where we work. Roads would be less congested allowing for further growth and the towns which are currently too far away from city centres would become suburban.
The Design of the Volante Vision
Taking full advantage of the latest innovations in aerospace, electrification, and autonomous technologies, the Volante Vision brings together Aston Martin’s signature design with the future of transportation. With enough room for 3 adults, the Volante Vision is the ultimate autonomous hybrid-electric engine which just happens to be able to fly as well! While still very much a concept at this stage, the Volante Vision will no doubt revolutionise how we commute forever.