Date
18 August 2018
Aston Martin is developing a three-seater concept flying taxi in association with Rolls-Royce and some other partners. Photo: Aston Martin
Aston Martin is developing a three-seater concept flying taxi in association with Rolls-Royce and some other partners. Photo: Aston Martin

Aston Martin unveils flying taxi project

British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin has unveiled plans for an aerial vehicle, a luxury concept aircraft that will have vertical take-off and landing capabilities.

The vehicle, called Volante Vision Concept, is a three-seater concept flying taxi that is being developed in partnership with Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, and Rolls-Royce.

The flying vehicle, which will be hybrid-electric, is designed for “urban and inter-city air travel”, Aston Martin said on its website.

The “car” can take off and land vertically like a helicopter.

“The Volante Vision Concept will take full advantage of the latest advances in aerospace, electrification and autonomous technologies,” Aston Martin said.

The latest autonomous technologies will drive the car after passengers input information on their destination.

“We are at the beginning of a new generation of urban transportation, vertical mobility is no longer a fantasy,” Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, said in a press release Monday.

The carmaker is yet to disclose details, including the distance and time that the car can fly.

According to a report on tech blog platform Engadget, the hypothetical concept craft’s design will make its debut at the Farnborough Air Show this month.

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