Bob Lutz is an outspoken individual. The former Ford, Chrysler, BMW and General Motors executive holds some pretty blunt opinions on various topics, including Tesla. But, Lutz has also become a haunting voice for the automotive industry we know so well.
It began after the former GM executive penned an opinion piece with Automotive News last year. Then, he said the automobile will soon reach its peak. He doubled down on this future at the recent SAE conference, according to EVANNEX.
His speech pointed to numbered days for the automobile and he once again gave “regular” cars a few more decades of life. In the future, self-driving pods and transportation methods will ultimately take over driving duties for humans.
And although it’s a bleak future, specifically for dealerships and OEMs, it’s not all bad. Lutz argued that consumers won’t care if GM or Mercedes-Benz makes a specific autonomous pod, but he does firmly believe society will appreciate other benefits. The executive expects self-driving vehicles will cut down on traffic congestion and potentially eliminate 90 percent of traffic deaths in the United States.
Where do enthusiasts stand? Lutz has already likened the bunch to horse owners. One day, the cars we know and love today may be saved only for the track or particular areas to enjoy.