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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
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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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pauldodson 20 February 2017

Porsche Self-Driving Car

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.
david RS 23 November 2016

They will follow the other

They will follow the other and propose an auto 911 for more and more boring driving conditions...
AHA1 23 November 2016

Get real

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.

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