Aston Martin’s opulent autonomous car concept comes draped in cashmere and silk

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Aston Martin, like many automakers around the world, is committed to adding electrical technology to their cars in the near future. After a difficult start, thanks to a failed partnership with Chinese technology conglomerate LeEco, the British automaker seems willing to refocus its efforts on something new by resurrecting its sub-brand Lagonda and turning it into a brand for luxury electric cars. .
Today at the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin showed an initial concept that sets the tone of what he wants to do with Lagonda. Called Lagonda Vision Concept, it is a wild wedge of a car with a dazzling interior full of fine materials and sumptuous touches. Aston Martin expects the production of the first cars in this new Lagondas line to begin in 2021, with "potentially two" different models (probably a coupe and an SUV) launched in 2023.

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With Vision Concept, Aston Martin has set the bar very high for Lagonda. He hired David Snowdon, famous furniture designer and nephew of Queen Elizabeth II, to help design the interior. (Fit, considering Aston Martin's ties to the royal family.) The result is a bizarre mix of carbon fiber, hand-woven wool, cashmere and even silk. Ceramic tiles "open and close to alter the ventilation and adjust the volume of the music". A glass roof almost completely ensures that there will always be enough light to look at all these details, too.
On the more technical side, Aston Martin imagines that this car has the ability to go 400 miles on a single charge. It also projects to be capable of a level 4 autonomy, which means that it would be able to drive on its own, but still maintain a steering wheel and pedals in case the owner or passengers still want to drive. To accommodate the autonomous side of things, the two front seats can rotate 180 degrees to look inward, creating a more communal feel inside the cabin. In the armchairs of the automobile, passengers will have "unprecedented access to customized concierge services and a level of connectivity and cybersecurity that few will enjoy in their own homes," according to Aston Martin.
Ornamental, elaborate, froofy, pretentious: there are many words that could be used to describe what happens here. One thing is for sure: it is certainly unique. Aston Martin is taking a big hit with the vision concept of Lagonda. I wish you luck in the follow-up.

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