The British luxury car company Aston Martin and Triton Submarines joined forces to create an underwater submarine that holds three people, has an amazing interior, and the traditional performance and beauty of the British brand. Called Project Neptune, this submersible is limited edition, costing close to $4 million. It is already in the production phase.
Triton Submarines is a Florida-based company that manufactures various submarine transport machines for personal use, scientific explorations and film projects. This collaboration with Aston Martin was announced in September of 2017, and the design sketches previewed stylized lines and 360º visibility, as if the ship were the latest James Bond gadget.
It is anticipated that the submarine will have a 30-kWh battery capable of up to 12 hours of navigation and speed of up to 5 knots. The Neptune Project submarine has been certified to navigate in depths of up to 500 meters (1,640 feet).
The next revolution
The incursion of Aston Martin in the submarine world is a revolution in individual transportation. In the first stage, as it usually happens, technological innovations are for a privileged segment of the public. However, they do not delay the advances and advantages of such products in moving to broader sectors.
This is probably one of the most revolutionary projects in personal transportation. The sea, in this instance, may be the final frontier. The main automotive companies, meanwhile, are making large investments to create autonomous vehicles. Ford Motor Company, for example, is fine-tuning its Fusion self-driven model, while Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) proposes partial or complete automation, and Waymo and Google already provide autonomous cars that circulate in San Francisco.
Air transportation also has stakes in this race: Volocopter’s autonomous helicopters are already a reality in Dubai, and Aston Martin itself announced earlier this year a partnership with Rolls-Royce and Cranfield University to create the Volante Vision concept, a flying car project.
This revolution even reaches beyond the clouds. SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic civil spacecraft aspire to make terrestrial orbital tourism flights available to the Moon and Mars.
Rolls-Royce, together with official organizations and universities of Finland, a few months ago inaugurated the Marine Center for Remote Control and Autonomous Vessels and Artificial Intelligence. In the United States, Boston Sea Marine Robotics is advancing in the first autonomous global system that will control navigation remotely from the mainland.
For now, Aston Martin is taking an important step, in the way it usually does things: guided by luxury. ■