Porsche CEO rules out fully automated driving and electric-powered 911

Article by Christian A., on December 14, 2016

Majority of car companies are now in the process of developing fully autonomous vehicles. But do you think a Porsche with fully autonomous driving feature will take away all the fun of driving a Porsche? Yes, we think so. The essence of owning a Porsche sports car is to take control of the wheels. This might be the reason why Porsche is not joining the fully autonomous bandwagon.

Oliver Blume, Porsche CEO confirmed that the company is not planning to come up with a fully autonomous vehicle. So far at least. Blume spoke with Autocar and explained the whole point of having a Porsche and the experience of driving the vehicle “full stop”. Although the CEO hinted that some elements of autonomous driving technology may be used for convenience sake.

What Blume is sure about is that the company will continue to offer the real Porsche driving experience and may only be considering semi-robotic driving features. And what exactly are these? Well, according to the CEO, some specific features of self-driving will come useful in case you are caught in the traffic and maybe want to read the morning news. He also added the advantage of having a car that can look for parking when there are no immediate slots available. It’s the same thing if the car fetches you at the lobby when you’re ready to leave the place.

At this time, Porsche is working on the Mission E and is set to introduce the electric car before 2020. Sadly for those who have been wishing for Porsche to develop an electric version of the 911, the CEO has once again confirmed that it’s not part of the plan. Instead, Porsche will be introducing a new set of powertrains. The bottom line is that the company will be introducing new features on the Porsche range including digitization, the use of combustion engine and even a new electric-engine model.

Blume further stressed the significance of the Mission E and how they have put all their minds into the project. Because of this, they don’t have the time to consider an electric Porsche 911. Porsche will be concentrating on electric cars and combustion engines for the next ten years or so. Moreover, the CEO believes that the Porsche 911 should always be remembered as a classic and finds it a good idea to have the “classic” and the new Mission E at the same time. Co-existence is probably more like it though he’s uncertain of what the future holds.

Source: Autocar.co.uk

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