Commute to work by jet? Ja, even if it’s just from a suburb
Aston Martin, Honda and Rolls-Royce reckon short-distance air taxis are the solution to urban congestion
A few game-changing designs for short-distance aircraft changers are shifting perceptions of urban commuting.
Aston Martin has released a striking design for a microjet that can take off and land vertically. With automated steering and space for three people, the drone-like jet is said to cost between £3m and £5m (R52m to R87m). It will be able to fly at speeds of up to 360km/h for a distance of 480km.
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer believes air travel is the solution to congestion in towns and cities. Short-distance aviation could allow more suburban cities to grow as more areas will become commutable.
Although Aston Martin’s Volante Vision Concept is priced for the super-elite, it could inspire other companies to build more affordable models. It does not have a release date yet.
The Honda Jet, which came out in 2015, is more of a business aircraft made for longer distances but it shows aviation could be the future of public transport. It is a little early for logistical details about personal urban air travel but it is an exciting concept, nonetheless.
Rolls-Royce has added to the hype by releasing an “air taxi” model slated to be in action in the mid-2020s. It’s designed to be used at heliports and airports. It might not be as casual as the Aston Martin microjet, but it is helping to inspire competition in the field of sports car aviation.