Self Driving Cars?

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GM Authority

There is a lot of talk about cars driving themselves, but don’t count on your Mid-Engined Vette being one of these.

In a recent interview by GM Authority with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, in LA last month, he did not say the Vette will not be able to drive itself at some point, but he did say it will be one of GM’s last cars to incorporate such a system. Since Porsche has hinted at a possible Mark Webber self-driving mode specifically for the track, people are asking about the Vette having some sort of system in the future.

“The whole purpose of the Corvette is to enjoy driving it,” said Juechter. “So, (Corvette) will probably be the last to adopt the autonomous technologies. In fact, we don’t even have adaptive cruise on the car… we try to lean down the content to just what’s necessary for driving, and we expect the person driving it to want to drive it. So between that, and adding all of the additional content (for adaptive cruise)… it requires the sensors to be in front end, which can block airflow. We don’t have a lot of spare airflow, so all of these choices come down to a balance of attributes across the whole car.”

“There could someday be use for some of these autonomous features,” Juechter continued. “One of my favorite is a ‘track learn’… a setting where you could dial an assistance, like a driving instructor in the passenger seat.”

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