Just as we are on the verge of entering the autonomous driving future, some car manufacturers are trying to hold on to the most precious things from the present, one of which is keeping the steering wheel on their vehicles. This thought comes most especially as we go about the time when the use of autonomous driving technology will become a mandatory obligation instead of a choice.
The first in line to make such a bold statement was Lamborghini, affirming that they will be the last automotive brand in the world to offer an autonomous driving vehicle. But then, a member of Volkswagen Group must have caught wind of what Lamborghini has said about driverless technology and declared too that Porsche will be one of the last to offer vehicles with a steering wheel.
Published on Porsche media website, Lutz Meschke has stated that the company will always offer a car that you want to be able to drive on your own and that they will be among the last cars that come with a steering wheel.
The statement however does not suggest that Porsche is totally against autonomous driving as Meschke thinks that self-driving technologies are also useful in some situations. The traffic jam assist for example can make it easier for the driver to navigate through tight spaces just as what automated parking assist usually do. Meschke believes that we should see these things as an incredible opportunity rather than feel threatened by it.
Porsche is also slated to launch the Mission E Concept by the end of the decade, which will be its most significant step towards semi-autonomous driving. Meschke described the Mission E as a fully electric sedan with highly flexible technology that will allow them to do tons of things. He went to say that Porsche has other plans in the offing including on demand over- the – air updates function that enables a customer to activate it permanently or temporarily shortly after purchasing the vehicle.
It won’t be long before a Porsche owner can download a software update to enhance the car’s output for a certain day. There is also another function where owners can activate the headlights via an over- the- air update to get the car ready for a long trip.
Autonomous driving is definitely underway, considering that driverless technology is one of Porsche’s future plans. For them, Porsche cars will continue to be an enjoyable car to drive for as long as it is legal. Steering wheel entails human touch and that’s how they see where things are coming at least for now.