Aston Martin, the luxury sports car marque unbreakably associated with the iconic James Bond 007, is thinking to move forward with its concept. And that will be of building flying cars.
The company calls its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) flying car the "Volante Vision Concept." With room for three adults, Volante Vision is described as a future project that previews a flying autonomous hybrid-electric vehicle for urban and inter-city air travel, providing fast, efficient and hassle-free travel.
Aston Martin believes air travel will be of great importance in the future of transportation, and Volante Vision Concept (VVC) is the company's exploration into personal air vehicle. It said its concept VTOL aircraft demonstrates its forward-looking design ingenuity. Volante is the Italian word for flying.
The flying car is being developed in association with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, Ltd (CAeS); Cranfield University in Oxfordshire, England, and Rolls-Royce, which will develop the flying car's electric motors. CAeS is involved in rapid prototyping of new aerospace concepts, and modifications to existing aerospace platforms.Aston Martin President and CEO Dr. Andy Palmer said that growing urbanization and overpopulation is the main reason for the concept's design. "We need to look at alternative solutions to reduce congestion, cut pollution and improve mobility," said Palmer.
Palmer mentioned that the Volante Vision Concept will enable people to travel further in their hourly commutes, which suggests that people will be able to live farther away from where they work and that they can travel quite a long distance.
Aston Martin said it doesn't have any fixed price for the flying car, but the figure is expected to be somewhere around $9.2 million per vehicle. It unveiled the Volante Vision Concept at the recent 2018 Farnborough Air Show and put forward a teaser that the flying car might make an appearance in an upcoming James Bond movie.
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