Aston Martin’s newly announced Volante Vision Concept would also use a hybrid-electric powertrain, with the cabin designed to carry three adults autonomously across urban centers, and even allow for “inter-city air travel.”
“Humans have always spent on average, one hour commuting to and from work,” says Aston Martin President and CEO Dr Andy Palmer. “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.”
The concept was cooked up with Rolls-Royce, which worked on the hybrid-electric propulsion side of things, along with aerospace researchers from the UK’s Cranfield University, who focused on autonomous flight technologies. Where there are now plenty of available performance specs and footage of the aforementioned flying taxis in action, there’s very little technical detail offered on Aston Martin’s new concept.
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