For as much as automakers and technology companies brag about future technology and self-driving cars, we have to remain grounded. These technologies, while advancing at lightning pace, are still a long way out. And a long way out from mass adoption at that.
GM CEO Mary Barra acknowledged the reality that its core business model isn’t going away anytime soon; that is selling cars with a steering wheel and pedals to consumers. The Detroit News reported on her comments from the Automotive Press Association on Monday where she said mobility is simply a potential additive with big potential in the future.
“The owner-driver model will be there for a very long time,” Barra said. “So far we see (mobility) as additive, but we see it as having potential to grow and be quite substantial.”
The cars GM will sell to drivers will change, though. The automaker announced a slew of electric cars coming by 2023—20 of them, to be exact. And two new electric cars will arrive in the next 18 months.
But, for now, we can slow the hype train down just a smidge. We’ll be driving for the foreseeable future.