It celebrated its hundredth anniversary Thursday, June 16, in London. The legendary brand Rolls Royce, now owned by the Bavarian BMW Group does not intend only to live on his legend. This celebration was also an opportunity to demonstrate that the manufacturer was looking to the future. He presented his latest concept car worthy of James Bond: the “Grand Sanctuary”, successor to the Phantom.
The lack of flying is due to the fully automatic management of this “futuristic catamaran.” The gigantic screen embedded in the dashboard only serves as an interface between the occupants and the vehicle. Otherwise, the screen as the car is totally controlled by an artificial intelligence named Eleanor – a reference to Eleanor Thornton served as a model for the sculptor Charles Syke, author of the emblem of the brand: the winged Spirit of Ecstasy statue.
Conceived for two passengers only that Rolls-Royce, however, is nearly 6 m long, because luxury is also space. There is even no loss of space with the trunk as baggage slip directly on the side of the car, behind the front wheels. Another original model, the car has only one door, and a sunroof. Once inside, one is especially struck by the absence of driving.
If BMW imagines his rich owner of the future happen driver, it is only because the brand has to offer him a completely autonomous car. In the dream of the manufacturer, the venerable Rolls-Royce would be controlled by an artificial intelligence named Eleanor referring to actress Eleanor Thornton, who was the model for the sculptor Charles Syke for the winged Spirit of Ecstasy statue, real mascot of the luxury automobile.