Porsche Not Keen On Self-Driving Sports Cars

Porsche are not keen on fully autonomous cars but are willing to use the tech to make life easier for those behind the wheel.

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German car manufacturer Porsche is not keen on self-driving sports cars but is not totally averse to using aurtonomous driving technology in some form in its future cars.

Porsche has a reputation for making 'driver's cars' and the company does not want to spoil that image by producing cars that are capable of driving themselves without any input from the person behind the steering wheel.

Speaking with Autocar, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said that future Porsche models will be manually driven but will combine the best features of self-driving cars with the DNA that makes a car a Porsche.

Blume 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."

Blume then gave a few examples of how using autonomous tech could make life easier for Porsche drivers, "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."

Meanwhile, Porsche will embrace electric powertrains primarily with the Mission E car that was first seen at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and is expected to hit the roads by 2020. However, don't expect a fully electric 911 anytime soon as Porsche wants to retain the 'classic' internal combustion 911 alongside the Mission E for some time.

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