Porsche has dismissed the idea of making a fully autonomous car. The marketing director of Porsche Asia Pacific informed that the Porsche cars will always give the driver an option to take over controls.
“Will Porsche be building autonomous car? Maybe, but they won’t be fully autonomous,” he said in an interview. “They can be autonomous for the part where you are stuck in traffic, on the way to the race track. But once you are on the race track, you will still drive the car yourself. Maybe the car can then tell you what an ideal racing line is, versus an instructor.”
Porsche plans to add the autonomous driving mode to features like cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, which will become standard in every Porsche.
“You will be able to press that button and the car will take you home, because our customers also experience traffic situations they don’t enjoy and they want to do something else,” said the northern CEO of Porsche. ” You have to let the customers choose. We’ll deliver customers the possibility of autonomous driving mode.”
Porches’ stand on fully autonomous vehicle seems to be in line with that of a few other automakers as well. In an interview, senior executive if Mazda said that their ultimate goal was to give their customers an option to use their cars however they want.
” We’ll always take a human-centric approach,” said the executive. “The driver will have control and we’ll try to improve peace of mind. If anything happens to the driver, the system will override immediately to bring the car to a safe place.”
Tesla has recently upgraded the software of the semi-autonomous Autopilot to enable it with feature like parallel parking, with a view to achieve full autonomy to its current cars.
A few have called that this move could do more harm than good, John Havens, executive director of the IEEE’s Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, expressed doubts about the Tesla Autopilot rollout. He said that the process in which the cat surrenders the control to the driver concerns researchers.
“The greatest challenge to having highly automated vehicles is not technological,” Richard Wallace, a director at the Center for Automotive Research, said in an interview. “It’s handling the transition when humans must take back control of the vehicle.”
The automakers will have to make sure that the handover is perfectly safe to avoid any safety issues.