Are These Rolls-Royce Mini Robots The First Step in Creating a Borg Collective?
Proving that robotics is right in its wheelhouse, Roll-Royce, alongside Harvard University and The University of Nottingham, is looking into developing small robots, called SWARM robots, to help maintain aircraft engines. The technology, which was initially showcased at the Singapore Airshow earlier this year, involves microbots that measure roughly 10 mm in diameter. These microbots are deposited into the center of a plane’s engine where they can go around autonomously and conduct visual inspections of the engine, especially areas that are harder to reach than others, and make the necessary repairs in the event they’re needed.
Rolls-Royce Isn’t Rushing To Develop Autonomous Driving Tech Because It’s Been Using it For Years
Rolls-Royce may have succumbed to the growing demand of SUVs all over the world, but don’t expect the British luxury brand to do the same with semi-autonomous driving technology. Rolls has no interest in joining that race because, in its mind, most people who own Rolls-Royce models don’t even drive them. They have chauffeurs that drive the cars for them.
Airbus, Siemens, and Rolls-Royce Team Up to Build Electric Planes
In what could very well be the aircraft industry’s biggest electrification effort to date, Airbus, Siemens, and Roll-Royce are embarking on a partnership that could lead to the world’s first electric airplane. The project is called the “E-Fan X,” and it’s essentially a BAe 146 plane that’s being tested to run on proprietary electric motor technology.
2016 Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100
The Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 is a concept car the British brand built as part of BMW’s 100 anniversary celebration in 2016. It is part of a four-model lineup that includes show cars from BMW and the other two companies under German ownership — Mini and BMW Motorrad. Unveiled at an event at London’s Roundhouse, the Vision Next 100 is a preview of things to come and Rolls-Royce’s wildest concept car design yet.
Codenamed 103EX, the Vision Next 100 also represents the completion of the first phase of Rolls-Royce’s renaissance under BMW ownership. The British firm was purchased by the Munich-based company in 1998 and renamed Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Under the BMW Group, Rolls-Royce developed the already iconic Phantom and Ghost, and is preparing to launch its first-ever SUV, currently known as the Cullinan.
“With the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 we were mindful not to dwell on the past. We wanted to be as innovative as possible and at the same time transcend the design history of the marque,” said Giles Taylor, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Much like the BMW and Mini Vision Next 100 show cars, Rolls-Royce’s concept isn’t intended for production. Although some styling cues and technology will be implemented at some point, the Vision Next 100 is largely a design exercise and a glimpse into what cars may offer in the very distant future.
Update 06/20/2016: We’ve created a new video to highlight the best features of the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 aka 103EX. Click play to watch it!
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Rolls-Royce is breaking new company ground with the launch of its latest app, which has been designed to help you find used Rolls-Royce models without so much of a hassle.
The app is called the Provenance Pre-owned Stock Locator and follows the Provenance app that Rolls-Royce launched last year for its certified pre-owned vehicle program. Among the features of the PPSL app include easy-to-navigate search filters, as well as a feature that allows users to be able to make direct auto comparisons.
The app works in such a way that users can search for certain Rolls-Royce models in a specific country. From there, they can specify the exact model depending on a number of variables, including the car’s model, age, mileage, budget, or color.
For all the neat features of the app, it does have one caveat. The app will only cater to the highest grade models, which will be determined by a team of factory-trained technicians, who, in turn, will subject the car to a comprehensive road test before grading them.
The PPSL app can be accessed on the company’s official homepage and is available for the iPad, PCs, Macs, and most smartphones.
We have online configurators coming out of our ears lately, but it shouldn’t surprise us that Rolls Royce has opted to extend the configuration process to a place that may be a little more convenient for some. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced a new iPhone and iPod touch application that will allow potential drivers to customize Rolls-Royce’s newest model; the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
With this new application, customers can choose from twelve standard paint finishes, three different wheel styles, and visible exhausts. They also have the option of a Silver Satin bonnet which is only available on the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Following the app to the inside of the car leaves the customer to choose from eight different leather colors and five veneer designs including Dark Wenge and Malabar. The finished products designed by potential drivers can also be saved in the app’s virtual garage.
In addition to customizing the Rolls-Royce Ghost, this application can also give the customer the vehicle’s specifications and direct them to the nearest Rolls-Royce dealership. If the potential driver is still not ready to make a final decision, the application comes with videos and images of the Rolls-Royce Ghost as the extra push needed to convince the potential driver to go out a buy one.
The best part about this application is that it is downloadable and FREE! All one has to do is hit up the app store and click install. We do have a complaint though; the application takes a long time to download compared to other applications, which is understandable considering the information that has to be downloaded. Other than that, the application is pretty self-explanatory and easy to use. There are obviously not a ton of different options to choose from, but we could say the same for some online configurators out there too.
Hit the jump for the press release.