Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce’s director of design, unveiled the Vision Next 100, Rolls-Royce’s newest project at the Roundhouse arts venue in north London today. It’s the newest driverless concept car that really allows its owner to show off his or her wealth. It was designed catering towards ‘the most discerning and powerful patrons in the world’, has no steering wheel, and has a silk ‘throne’ that allows its occupants to watch the world go by.
The Vision Next 100 will have zero emissions and is codenamed 103EX, a clear shot at the notion of ‘anonymous, utilitarian and bland future modes of mobility’. Rolls-Royce has stated that its interior will be made only of ‘the most precious and contemporary elegance’, a high standard that’s been held for the company since the beginning of time.
The comfort of the passengers will be ensured not by an ordinary car seat like other cars, but by a ‘beautifully textured, ivory-colored luxurious throne upon which our passengers are conveyed, and from which they command’. Ivory wool carpeting is said to pad the feet of the revolutionary car’s occupants, and immense legroom is to be expected due to the removal of the chauffeur.
Passengers will give orders not to a driver, but to a virtual assistant named Eleanor (named after the actor Eleanor Thornton, rumored to have inspired the car’s Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament). Eleanor will have artificial intelligence and be able to remind the owner of important meetings and arrangements.
The importance of the interior for this car was emphasized by Rolls-Royce as well, as it will be 5.9 meters long and 1.6 meters high. There will be a glass roof ‘canopy’ over the occupants and extra room for a luggage compartment in place of the usual 12-cylinder engine. We here at Carsclusive are definitely very excited for this car to hit the roads, though it won’t be for quite a while. Rolls-Royce is expecting development for this car to finish in 2040.