The times are changing within the automotive landscape. It may not happen tomorrow, or next year, but the day is coming when a steering wheel will be unnecessary thanks to autonomous cars.
But, what about the enthusiast? Some of us still enjoying hopping into a vehicle, steering wheel and manual gearbox proudly displayed. Tadge Juechter, chief engineer for the Corvette, says not to worry because the Corvette will be the “last” vehicle to adopt any driverless technology.
Juechter made the comments during Horsepower Wars this morning, according to The Detroit News.
“We probably as a group will be the last to adopt autonomous technology,” said Juechter, to applause from the audience of performance car enthusiasts. “The whole purpose of our cars is to enjoy the driving experience, not to check out your email while you’re moving from one place to the other.”
Juechter was joined by Dodge and Ford performance executives who envision autonomous cars as commonplace in around 20 years. All of them made it clear, however, that we are living through the golden age of performance vehicles.
With technology and safety at the highest point we’ve ever seen, it only makes for some of the greatest performance vehicles ever produced. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro could embody all of those aspects, and even the 2016 C7 Corvette as a new body material allowed the car to shed 20 pounds.
So, breathe easy for now enthusiasts, a cyborg Corvette is certainly not in the pipeline.