Porsche will not make Driverless Cars
Self-driving autonomous cars are all the rage and most car manufacturers are going full steam ahead in their pursuit of the perfect consumer driverless car. At the moment, the car industry is engrossed in the pursuit of driver-less and electric cars.
There is one exception to this burgeoning trend. A manufacturer that does not intend to get into the driverless race - Porsche.
The German sportscar manufacturer said that it is not planning to introduce a completely autonomous car. According to them, and probably we would all agree, a sports car is made to be driven.
The CEO of Porsche, Oliver Blume, is reported to have said, "When you buy a Porsche, you will drive it yourself, full stop. At the moment we do not think about a full version of robotic driving, we are thinking about features to combine with the real Porsche genes, so at the end, you still have a real Porsche."
The company does plan to incorporate certain elements of the new technologies in its models in the future. He said, "For example when you are going to work in the morning and you are in a traffic jam, there is a possibility to read the newspaper. When you go to a restaurant and you cannot find somewhere to park, the car will find somewhere to park itself and then fetch you after you leave the restaurant."
While the new futuristic technologies are important, they are not a priority for Porsche, Mission-E is. Porsche is planning to release it's fully electric car which was showcased as a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. After the positive reception at the show, Porsche gave the go-ahead for production last December 2015.
The Porsche Mission E electric sports car, is scheduled to be launched by 2020, Blume said, "The headline is that the customer will have the opportunity to drive sports cars with a combustion engine, as well as new modern cars with electric engines and a lot of digitization but also all of the Porsche features. Mission-E has our whole concentration at the moment."
"Today we don't even think about an electric 911. What will be in the future I don't know, but I think we will have co-existence for at least the next ten years of real combustion engines and electric cars. It is a good idea for Porsche to retain the classic 911 and on the other hand have the Mission-E."