Porsche CEO Oliver Blume says the manufacturer isn’t likely to launch a fully autonomous 911 any time soon, but could use the tech as a driver aid
Matt Burt
23 November 2016

Porsche is not currently considering a full self-driving sports car or SUV, vowing instead to combine the best features of autonomy with “the classic Porsche genes”, in the words of CEO Oliver Blume.

As mainstream road car manufacturers work towards increasing levels of autonomy in their road cars, the challenge facing niche companies such as Porsche is how to address the new technology while maintaining its reputation for making 'driver’s cars'.

Blume is no doubt how Porsche will tackle this, saying: “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.

“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."

Blume said Porsche would embrace electrification, primarily with the battery-powered Mission-E that is slated to arrive near the end of this decade. He said Porsche is developing a wider range of powertrain offerings as part of its business strategy for the next ten years.

“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 digitisation but also all of the Porsche features.”

Blume confirmed a fully electric Porsche 911 was not in the pipeline at the moment, saying: “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."

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23 November 2016
If you don't want to drive - get the bloody bus and leave more room for those of us that do.

23 November 2016
Porsche already offers adaptive cruise and other assist systems in its' 911 which is far more than Ferrari/BMW i8/McLaren offer. So it means on those long journeys you can relax on the congested and boring roads and enjoy the twisties yourself. Perfect. Sounds like Mr Blume needs to read his own options list!

 

 

 

23 November 2016
Autonomous cars will only be as safe as the person programming the computer. The two biggest companies in the world can't produce their computer programmes without glitches. Every time they bring out updates, they introduce new bugs, whilst trying to fix the old ones. How many computer programmes get hacked on a daily basis? How many computer viruses are there?

I'm not perfect, but in 35 years of driving and over 2,500,000 miles, I've been involved in 3 accidents, none of which were my fault. I'm not confident a self driving car will do any better. Porsche will produce an autonomous 911, but I hope it won't be too soon.

23 November 2016
where internet banking is reliably unreliable, and where every system can be hacked if someone wants to hack it, the only really interesting aspect of autonomous cars is waiting to see how the industry will deal with the legal and failsafe requirements of a technology which will - we can be sure of this - be with us all before too long.

23 November 2016
Mechanical machines are much more accurate than humans in performing pre-set tasks and computer software is much more accurate than mere machines. When these things go wrong, its a human that's to blame, either because the programming wasn't good enough or someone is hacking the system.

Autonomous driving will operate far more safely and efficiently than the typical road user (i.e. using their mobile phones, sending texts changing the music etc.) provided ALL vehicles are computer controlled. If some refusenik (most Autocar readers like us) is driving their Porsche - or their motorbike - for the sheer hell of it, that's going to be the 'problem' not the 99% who want to be bussed along without 'distraction' in their smart, connected, fairly generic transport capsule.

Very bad news for Autocar readers and the premium manufacturers, especially of sports cars.

23 November 2016
They will follow the other and propose an auto 911 for more and more boring driving conditions...

20 February 2017
The concept of self-driving cars is highlighting the new modern features and techniques. After electric and hybrid cars, self-driving car concept increases in the society. In the very beginning, Google brings this concept and after that, many automobile manufacturers are jumped on this trend. Porsche is now jumping in the race of self-driving car and we hope it will bring some gigantic changes in the history of automobile industries.

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