Semi-Autonomous Is As Far As Porsche Will Take It
That's not a bad thing.
Ok yeah, these are mainly images of a Porsche 918 Spyder, but that's because it's the closest thing to an all-electric car by the automaker so far. Electric vehicles are the new thing to create, and Porsche is on track with some serious investment in the Mission-E project that will see a fully electric Porsche supercar by 2020. This project and recent revelations from other automakers shows where cars are headed, and one of the features often punted is the autonomous / self-driving ability. But is that a good thing?
Sure it makes sense for normal cars, but sports cars? Would you really want to own a Porsche that drives itself? That sort of defeats the purpose of owning one. Luckily, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume agrees, telling Autocar: "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." Now that's more like it, a true Porsche driver's car, but with the option of being driven when there's no real space to play properly, and with the traffic and congestion, as well as speed limits, that situation may pop up more and more.
“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." says Blume, and he makes perfect sense. While the 918 features assistance from a pair of electric motors, that's about where things will stay until the Mission-E eventually breaks cover. It's been confirmed by Blume that right now the automaker isn't even considering the possibility of an electric-powered 911, and that even in the future the proper driver's car will most likely be sold alongside the Mission-E, giving buyers a choice.