What if cars could be like living rooms? That’s the tantalizing prospect offeredby Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’s self-driving prototype, Vision Next 100. With the driver’s seat no longer necessary, replaced by an OLED virtual-chauffeur screen, the coupe’s interior can open up to become a lounge complete with silk-upholstered seating, deep-pile ivory-colored wool carpet, and handcrafted macassar ebony paneling. “I enjoy interiors with as little visual noise as possible. Then it comes down to materials and textures, enhancing them through lighting,” director of design Giles Taylor says. “It’s a modernist discipline that goes back to Frank Lloyd Wright.”
Passengers can stand at full height to enter and exit, thanks to a tempered-glass top that swings up. The rest of the lithe 20-foot-long body—inspired by Roman chariots and royal carriages—is carbon fiber. But devotees of the illustrious British automaker need not worry: Its signature winged hood ornament and polished chrome grille remain.