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Con­cepts & fu­ture toys

TAKE TO THE SkIES

Im­ages © AS­TON MARTIN

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.

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