Drivers will always drive Porsches, the CEO said, but there may an element of autonomy for convenience.
As the mainstream auto industry advances autonomous car technology, what hope is there for sports cars?
The whole point of a sports car is to drive it. Which might not even be allowed in a future full of autonomous pods.
But for now at least, it looks like sports cars are not going anywhere. Speaking with Autocar, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said the company has no plans to introduce a fully autonomous car.
“When you buy a Porsche, you will drive it yourself, full stop,” he said.
However, he indicated elements of self-driving technology may be included in future models to take some of the hassle out of driving.
“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,” Blume 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.”
Porsche is developing an electric car in the Mission E, which is expected to be launched before 2020. Blume confirmed a wider choice of powertrains will be offered across the Porsche range, but he ruled out an electric 911.
“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,” Blume said.
“Mission-E has our whole concentration at the moment,” Blume added. “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.”