What Would A Fully Autonomous Rolls-Royce Look Like?

Luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce is probably already contemplating a future in which its models will be chauffeuring you around fully autonomously, while staying connected to the infrastructure, as well as other vehicles on the road.

Need proof? Look no further than the 103EX Concept unveiled by Rolls-Royce back in 2016. It had no steering wheel, a sofa-like seat, a virtual assistant/chauffeur and a massive OLED screen for infotainment purposes.

So in a way, it’s not all that different than this rendering by Esteban Diaz, who seems to have combined the 103EX with a modern-day Wraith when it comes to styling. His design has enclosed rear wheels, a long, Sweptail-like rear and a transparent top, where you can even see the presumably fully-electric power unit.

Still, the interior is what fascinates us most. The entire cabin is surrounded by displays, and there’s no sign of a steering wheel – nor a mirror for that matter, inside or out.

Luxury car buyers will probably adjust a lot faster to self-driving technology than everyone else, especially those who actually enjoy being in control. Realistically speaking though, something resembling this independent study won’t be unveiled any time soon.

As for a more spacious approach to future-based luxury, check out this so-called Rolls-Royce Exterion Concept and its tremendously elegant design. It looks like something out of The Expanse.

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  • Craig

    Speaking of autonomous cars….. would you be able to send your car to the airport to pick up someone?

    • Status

      Why not summon your Rolls to come and pick you up from the airport?

      • Craig

        Or better yet – someone else’s Rolls!

        • Status

          Then I could put my fingerprints all over the glossy surfaces, put my feet up on the dash, and put candy wrappers in the ashtrays.

          You come visiting someone and show up in their Rolls. They send you back to the airport in a NV200 taxi.

  • Astonman

    I like everything except the rear wheel covers. Never been a fan of it.

    • Bash

      I find this particular detail…. astonishing man!

      • Astonman

        LOL Dork! Good one Bash… good one

  • Mynameis Taylor

    the proportions aren’t right. A rolls should have a really long hood.

  • Bash

    I don’t know, but I want to see that one in the opening pic on the roads like right now!

  • Mike anonymous

    “What would an autonomous Rolls Royce look like?”… I saw this and thought to myself, well I could have sworn that “RR” showed us what an “autonomous Rolls Royce” would look like.

    Then I remembered that they did. Ladies & gentlemen, I present to you The Rolls-Royce 103EX Vision Next 100 Concept. The official Autonomous Rolls Royce.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3ebd273d3864989dbf98c61e32c3dc3b6ec47f1e36c4c16dc51158b44f529888.png

  • lagunas3ca

    Probably not like an old Mercury ffs.

  • FoxJ30

    An autonomous Rolls Royce is a Rolls Royce with a chauffeur… so in a sense, RR has been making autonomous cars with voice activation and dynamic re-routing since the beginning, as long as you were willing to pay the monthly service charge.

  • Silimarina

    I like the no A and B pillars idea.Would love to see this on a street car.But i suppose it’s hard to do it and meet all the safety standards

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