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Aston Martin reveals its 200mph autonomous flying vehicle concept

By midian182 · 8 replies
Jul 17, 2018
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  1. As the name suggests, the craft is still at the concept stage, but Aston Martin says it could become a future product. The company teamed up with Rolls-Royce’s aircraft engine division, Cranfield University, and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions for the vehicle, which was designed by Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer and studio head.

    The hybrid-electric craft will use the same vertical take-off and landing system (VTOL) found in similar flying vehicles, such as this one from Lilium. Aston Martin envisions it being used for urban and inner-city air travel, providing a fast, efficient, and congestion-free alternative to road vehicles, though it would also be capable of long-distance journeys.

    “The study would lead us to a craft that would be able to do London to Paris non-stop in about an hour. As the crow flies that’s about 200-250 miles, at a speed of about 200mph. Birmingham to London could be done in half an hour,” Aston Martin’s vice president and chief marketing officer, Simon Sproule, told Auto Express.

    Like many other flying vehicles in development, Aston Martin’s three-seater craft will have autonomous capabilities, allowing those without flying experience to set a destination and enjoy the ride. It would also work with existing helicopter infrastructure, so there would be no need to build new landing pads.

    No word on when the Volante Vision Concept might arrive, assuming it ever does, but with Audi, Porsche, Mercedes, Uber, Airbus, and many more working toward a future filled with flying cars, it’s safe to assume that Aston Martin doesn’t want to be left stuck on the ground.

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  2. It needs rockets.
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 653   +469

    People can't handle going 65, let alone 200+...
    Dimitrios likes this.
  4. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Guru Posts: 385   +261

    Drivers in CT & NYC still don't know how to use their signal lights and drive either 40MPH or 90MPH on our highways.

    Be it breeding or driver's license I don't trust most humans.
  5. frostyshield

    frostyshield TS Booster Posts: 87   +89

    I have a autonomous speed of light flying vehicle concept. When will I get an article
  6. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 849   +352

    Seriously just buy a freaking helicopter
    cd123 likes this.
  7. cd123

    cd123 TS Rookie

    Ahhh ..but the advantage this thing has is that you can drive it as well.... ..you land on some nice helicopter pad on the top of some tall building somewhere and then just drive away.... ...oh! hang on.....
  8. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,952   +575

    This looks amazing.
  9. Abraka

    Abraka TS Addict Posts: 176   +54

    It's a very nicely designed oversized drone.

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