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A stylish new chrome controller, discreetly hidden within the centre console
and rear-centre arm rests when not in use, is flanked by function keys such as
menu, telephone and navigation to allow easier access to infotainment
Eight functional bookmarks are now included beneath the monitor. These can
be programmed to present desired information at the touch of a chrome key,
for example the preferred orientation for satellite navigation maps, to present
favourite television channels, pre-set radio stations or to access Phantom’s
telephone menu.
All Phantom family cars now benefit from improved interfaces and interaction
with wireless technology. Finding a restaurant, booking a table, then being
guided to its location, for example, comes courtesy of the improved
functionality and inter-connectivity of Phantom’s new satellite navigation
system. Further enhancements to navigation functions include guided tours:
at the Home of Rolls-Royce, which is situated next to the historic town of
Chichester in England, drivers may choose to select a 45 minute tour taking
in Roman Britain.
For Phantom Series II the telephone cradle has been replaced by a standard fit
smart phone cradle which connects directly into the car antennae. The centre
recess now also includes USB, Aux-in and 12V power sockets. Additionally,
music can be copied directly onto the car’s hard-drive, thanks to the addition
of a USB port in the glove compartment.
“Lit in a different way” – new LED light technology
Rolls-Royce has a long history of technological firsts and is now the first car
manufacturer to offer full LED headlamps as standard for Phantom models.
As well as drawing less power from the engine, the characteristic whiter light
provides a clearer view of the road ahead, helping prevent tiredness for drivers
during long journeys on dark roads.
New light clusters comprise four compartments surrounded and finished with
a polished, stainless steel bezel. Continuously lit, an elegant bar runs through
the centre forming Phantom’s LED daytime running lamps. LEDS in the top
two pockets form dipped lights while full beam illuminates LEDs in the lower
two. A separate, rectangular indicator strip sits below the headlamps.
LEDs present the opportunity for technologies that better manage the way
light is projected, including curve light functionality and adaptive headlamps.
The first uses electronically-controlled reflectors in upper and lower headlamp
pockets, to improve the sweep of illumination when cornering. More of the
road in the direction of travel can be seen as reflectors rotate by up to 15° in
direct response to steering wheel turns.
Adaptive headlamps automatically change beam patterns according to driving
conditions. Light is dispersed more widely for driving speeds below 50km/h
to enable better views of cyclists and pedestrians. Between 50 and 120km/h
the light cone extends and is skewed towards the near side to reveal potential
hazards on a driver’s side of the road, while for motorway driving at speeds in
excess of 120km/h, the beam has a longer range and is more intense.
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