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One thing we haven't heard a whole lot from Porsche about in regards to the Taycan is whether or not it will have some kind of autopilot system. While the company has never really been a brand that takes control away from the driver, we do know that this is the direction that electric cars have been heading in.
 

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I'm confident that the Taycan will have a host of leading edge technology. I don't know if Porsche owners have all that much interest in self driving cars however and they may be one of the last companies to implement such a system. But you can bet that it will have automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
 

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At the very least we should see Porsche InnoDrive make it here but ultimate we'll need technology that can be sent updates like Tesla's.
 

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Porsche will likely hold off on self driving tech, until we see a large scale rollout of vehicle to vehicle communication. These systems are really only going to be beneficial once they are used on a larger scale. And we've seen with Tesla that there are still plenty of kinks to be worked out.
 

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My belief is they'll try to get away with as much self driving tech as they can but stick to some very core brand principles. It comes down to maintaining some level of human input.
 

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I know Porsche CEO did mention awhile back that we wouldn't be seeing a self driving car anytime soon from the company. While this may the direction of most other luxury brands, Porsche will remain at outlier until that tech is required to be used. Oliver Blume stated "One wants to drive a Porsche by oneself. An iPhone belongs in your pocket, not on the road."
 

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Audi is another key car maker to look out for. Years ago they were among one of the few car makers to show off some robust self-driving technology.
 

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This is going to become a feature industry wide, but like always it will first show up first in premium models. I don't think we will see it on entry level cars until its something that becomes mandated/regulated by the government as we move towards v2v communication.
 

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Volkswagen Group is rated to be further ahead than Tesla in the area of autonomous driving according to this article:

https://electrek.co/2019/04/19/tesla-falls-autonomous-driving-most-trusted-consumers/

In order for the Porsche Taycan to be competitive and maintain a technological edge and mindshare, it must provide a minimum of level 3 autonomy (that is updatable to level 4 by the consumer). For the Porsche brand, Level 5 autonomy is not crucial at this time. Level 5 autonomy is a car with no steering wheel or pedals.

Level 4 autonomy is not antithetical to the Porsche brand and will help maintain competitive edge for the car maker. Both for gathering data and pushing the technology within Porsche’s group.
 
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