The Rolls-Royce 103EX Concept Car Shows Us the Future of Autonomous Luxury [VIDEO]

Rolls-Royce 103 EX VISION NEXT 100 concept car

While most automakers are currently focused on next year’s lineup, Rolls-Royce is looking much further into the future. With its sights already set on the next century, the luxury carmaker has unveiled the latest concept car from owner BMW‘s VISION NEXT 100 program: the Rolls-Royce 103EX.

At first glance, Rolls-Royce’s futuristic concept car appears to be built like a luxury vehicle from the film Tron. Taking a page from previous RR models, the 103EX features a Phantom Extended Wheelbase that measures 19-feet long. Other external details include 28-inch rims, suicide doors, laser head and tail lights, and a dark glass canopy that lifts open and allows people to board the vehicle standing up with help from a fold-out swing step. The concept car even has a virtual red carpet that lays out the pathway to the vehicle when it’s parked. On the inside, the 103EX is equipped with hand-woven, deep-pile ivory wool carpeting, a floating sofa, Macassar wood paneling and large OLED screen.

Made in the spirit of traveling in 22nd century, the Rolls-Royce 103EX concept is designed to roll with the times and thus, is an autonomous vehicle. Passengers are meant to just sit back and enjoy the ride. As for who’s driving this advanced vehicle, that would be Rolls Royce’s guidance system, Eleanor, which also acts as a virtual assistant. With a more eco-friendly future in mind, the self-driving 103EX is also equipped with a silent, emissions-free drivetrain and suspension.

Watch the video introducing the Rolls-Royce concept car of the distant future up top. Detailed images of the BMW’s VISION NEXT 100 design can be seen in the gallery below.

[Hypebeast]

Photo Credit: Rolls-Royce

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