The Rolls Royce 103EX imagines what customers will be driving in 100 years
Rolls Royce unveiled their vision for the Next 100 concept, a vehicle built to honor parent company’s centenary.
Codenamed 103EX, Rolls-Royce’s concept is the company’s proposal for a fully autonomous coachbuilt luxury vehicle. Like the current Rolls-Royce’s, it will be made of the highest quality handbuilt materials.
Rolls-Royce envisions the future a trip to the past in that cutting-edge technologies will enable customers to be more involved in the shape size, and silhouette of their future vehicle.
That means that the famed automaker plans to return to its roots of authentic coachbuilding by embracing the latest technologies and materials to extremely personalize the automotive creation process.
“The Rolls-Royce patron will continue to be a famous figure in the future,” explains Gilles Tayloer, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce. “I envision that the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 will be play a key role in these people’s lives, guiding and conveying them effortlessly through their life’s journey in an exquisite sanctuary where they can reflect in peace ahead of arriving in the grandest style.”
The interior of the Rolls-Royce 103EX is just as revolutionary as the exterior of the vehicle. The vehicle does not have a steering wheel, enabling front seat passengers to sit on a sofa-like seat. The car is driven by ‘Eleanor’, the company’s chauffeur and virtual assistant. Much like we have seen in sci-fi movies, ‘Eleanor’ is much more than a virtual chauffeur, she has full control of the passenger’s experience providing information about such things as itineraries, schedules and everything pertaining to the ‘driving’ experience.
The passenger’s interface with the vehicle takes place through an OLED screen mounted on the front wall of the cabin giving passengers all the information they need. Located right above the screen is a large analog clock in the central position.
The narrow 28-inch wheels are constructed from 65 individual pieces of aluminum with Rolls-Royce enclosing them to resemble a futuristic catamaran. A glass canopy above the cabin can open enough to give the passengers the ability to stand and provide shelter.
The power train of the Rolls-Royce 103EX is a zero emissions electric drive train. With this small detail, Rolls-Royce acknowledges that the V12 combustion engine are unlikely to survive in the future, showing the path that Rolls Royce will be taking in the coming years.
Source: Rolls Royce