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TAKE TO THE SkIES
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It wasn’t all that long ago when nearly every NASDAQ-listed carmaker announced its electric-car prospects. Then came autonomy. And both have been reasonably successfully implemented with some manufacturers, while the latter only hit a minor snag in the form of Artificial Intelligence and its robotic laws. The latest mania, though, is one that comes in the flying form, and more specifically the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) variety. A few months ago, Uber announced its plans for an air taxi, a company called Opener stealthily took to the skies with their single-seater ‘BlackFly’, and now Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce announced a partnership project with the Volante Vision Concept. The idea behind the Volante Vision, says Aston Martin, is to bring personalised luxury travel to the skies while aiming to cut down on congestion and pollution. Designed by Marek Reichman, the man responsible for penning such cars as the new Vantage and DB11, we’d wager the three-seater Vision will not only be one of the prettiest flying objects of the future, but also the best sounding and luxurious. That is if it realises, of course.