Aston Martin unveils voice controlled convertible speedboat
18 April 2016
Aston Martin’s AM37S speedboat will be capable of 60 knots and is controlled through a tablet and apps, the price has not yet been revealed.
The AM37S is Aston Martin’s first speedboat design. The company hopes to produce a series of powerboats boasting the same technology and style as its cars.
The AM37 will feature two captain chairs and a wrap around bench to accommodate eight passengers. The deck opens to cover the open space for a seamless path onto the boat and once on board, it silently slides back to reveal the whole interior.
Aston Martin said the boat is the result of years of research and development. Joining together the maritime and automotive worlds with the universal characteristics of style and elegance, the AM37 offers the balance of design and engineering.
The boat will be controlled using a tablet; there will be apps to start the air-conditioning, the fridge and the coffee machine while still at home or on the way to the boat.
There is a 15in voice controlled touchscreen integrating the navigation, control monitor and entertainment system into one. Owners can customise their own dedicated display system for monitoring the engine status and navigation as well as security access; there will be no key for the boat, access can only be granted through fingerprint sensors.
The boat will be available in two versions, the standard AM37 will have a maximum speed of 50 knots (58mph) and the sportier AM37S will be capable of 60 knots.
The speedboat will enter production later this year and will be launched in Monaco.
For more information visit the Aston Martin website.
Not only has Aston Martin taken to the water but Mercedes-Benz has launched its own concept of a luxury yacht.
The Arrow460-Granturismo has embarked on its voyage off the coast of Nice. This new design combines the performance and innovations of the car industry to bring the classic Mercedes form onto the water. The 14m long, 706kW yacht, nicknamed the ‘Silver Arrow of the Seas’, combines the advantages of an open boat with those of a hull cabin cruiser, making it suitable for day trips and overnight stays.
The Arrow460-Granturismo can accommodate up to ten passengers. The large side windows are retractable and the windscreen can be raised. This allows the passengers to sit comfortably inside while enjoying a 360° view with the feeling of being out in the open. Taking luxury to a new level, the tables and beds are extendable, it features a sizeable bathroom with a separate dressing room and as standard the yacht is equipped with air-conditioning and a high quality audio system. Rather innovative, the yacht features a wine cellar and an ice making machine.
Mercedes-Benz has embraced a variety of materials when making the yacht, wood serves to line the interior and the floor covering is made from an industrial, sustainable composite material.
The yacht has classic automobile proportions; it has a long foredeck, a flowing, arched roofline and a slightly descending rear. The exterior design boasts clear contours and smooth surfaces.
According to Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler, the ‘Silver Arrow of the Seas’ stands for modern luxury, avant-garde style and comfortable elegance.
For more information visit the Silver Arrows Marine website.