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.

more photos...
  • 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

Man Shockingly Pushes Stranger In Front Of Moving Truck, Driver Saves The Day

The disturbing incident happened in downtown Los Angeles and the attack was completely random and unprovoked.

Brabham BT62 Looks Bonkers Attacking The Portimao Circuit

The first model of the newly formed company is more than a valiant entry in the track-only supercar segment.

What If Bugatti Built A Hypercar Even Crazier Than The Divo?

This styling exercise incorporates Bugatti’s trademark cues in a pretty wild overall design.

BMW South Africa To Restore 530 MLE, AKA The World’s First Unofficial M Car

BMW’s 42-year forgotten hero car and daddy of all M cars will shine again .

Carlex Design’s Exy Monster X Concept Is The Meanest, Most Eccentric X-Class Yet

Not the first Mercedes X-Class 6×6 build teased by the Polish tuner, but definitely the most striking yet.

Audi E-Tron Electric SUV Driven; Should You Cancel That Model X Or I-Pace?

The E-Tron is Audi’s entry in the electric SUV niche and a rival to the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace.

Ultra Exclusive Hypercar Battle: Lykan Hypersport Vs Zenvo TS1 GT

Both belong in the world of boutique hypercars but, despite similar performance, they are quite different.

Honda S2000 Sustains Serious Damage After Dropping Off Workshop Lift

The owner had recently acquired it and left it for a clutch change, but a negligent mechanic ruined it.

536 HP Nio ES6 Midsize Electric SUV Launches With 317-Mile Range

It starts at $51,800 and offers either five or seven seats, 70kWh or 84kWh batteries, and two dual-motor setups.

Honda’s Autonomous Work Vehicle Is Helping Humans, Not Replacing Them

This prototype self-driving off-road vehicle can perform tasks that are too dangerous or painstaking for us .