Aston Martin has revealed the Volante Vision Concept which the company says “to explore luxury personal air mobility.” Aston Martin has partnered with Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, and Rolls-Royce (not Motor Cars) to create this aircraft which looks like something straight out of a sci-fi flick.
Aston Martin has designed the aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities, while the Cranfield University and Aerospace Solutions have researched and engineered it, respectively. Rolls-Royce will be powering the aircraft.
With room for three adults, the concept is a near future study that previews a flying autonomous hybrid-electric vehicle for urban and inter-city air travel, the company said.
Aston Martin President and CEO 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.”
Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) CEO 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.”
Rob Watson, Director, Rolls-Royce Electrical said – “We are delighted to be involved in the Volante Vision Concept, which showcases the best of British design and engineering. Rolls-Royce has already delivered hybrid-electric systems for other applications including ships and trains, and we’re very excited about the potential of the technology in aerospace. This is a great opportunity to collaborate on a pioneering project which will use high performance hybrid-electric propulsion technologies for personal air mobility concepts that could transform the future of transportation.”