Many of the people who travel in a Rolls-Royce are rich, famous, powerful or influential (or have all those characteristics) and such people will often require privacy in the car. Not just for resting well but also when they are having discussions which may relate to business deals or national security. Throughout history, power brokers and history makers have negotiated some of the most historical agreements in confidence, thanks to the ‘luxury of privacy’ afforded to them by the rear compartment of a Rolls-Royce.
In this spirit, Rolls-Royce has created the ‘Privacy Suite’ for the new Extended Wheelbase Phantom, an innovation that provides unrivalled levels of privacy and luxury. The Privacy Suite balances function and luxury without compromising the space and comfort of rear passengers.
Demonstrating the link between luxury and technology, the Electrochromatic Glass visually separates the front and rear cabins at the touch of a button. The rear occupant is offered the option to see through the glass and the road ahead or to instantly transform the glass to opaque, providing a highly sophisticated and absolute level of privacy. So a driver who is good at lip-reading won’t be able to know what’s being spoken either!
The Privacy Suite also represents a leap forward in sound absorption in a car that is already hailed as the quietest in the world, delivering the highest possible levels of acoustic insulation. A frequency-specific compound inhibits the transmission of conversations in the rear cabin to the front cabin, yet a fully integrated Intercom System allows communication on demand. Controlled by the rear passenger, the Intercom System can be used to open a direct line to the driver at the press of a button whilst the driver is able to ‘call’ the rear occupants, who can choose to answer or reject the communication.
In addition, a large aperture controlled solely by the rear passenger allows documents or other objects to be easily passed between the front and rear cabins. When open, the aperture is discretely illuminated to ensure passengers are satisfied with the nature of the documents or objects before they receive them.
A Bespoke Rear Theatre Entertainment system has also been integrated into the Privacy Suite, which includes two high definition 12-inch monitors linked to the car’s suite of fully connected software as well as an HDMI port that allows passengers to synchronise their highly secure personal devices. This complex execution of craftsmanship and technology is deployed and controlled from the centre console and, combined with Starlight Headliner and Bespoke Clock, creates a peerless ambience for passengers.
For privacy from the outside world, there are also curtains which allow full closure of the side and rear window as well as the Rear Privacy Glass. Of course, curtains have been available in Rolls-Royce models for decades with motorised operation being provided in recent times.