On June 21st, a short video showing an animated simulation of a dashboard user interface, supposedly of the Porshe Taycan, was uploaded to Youtube:
What about it is causing a stir of excitement? The fact that the words “Autopilot: Ready” show on the screen. Does this mean that the Porsche Taycan may come with some sort of an autopilot function?
Porsche Taycan and Autopilot
Porsche aims to debut its first all-electric vehicle to the world in September of this year and start selling it soon afterward. The Porsche Taycan‘s original idea started out as what was known as the Mission E, which was unveiled as a concept car in 2015. The Mission E introduced the idea of an all-electric sedan to the electric vehicle community that also maintained Porsche’s sporty, luxurious standards. Porsche boasts of its virtues: “power, speed, superiority in every measure—and extremely beautiful, of course.”
It is expected to be the first decent competitor to the Tesla Model S and is slated to go into production at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant this year. While Porsche initially projected an output of around 20,000 vehicles a year, the popular vehicle soon sold out for the first year and convinced the company to up production to about 40,000 vehicles per year to make up for demand.
Now, as to the ‘autopilot’ function… honestly, we cannot even be sure that the video is real. Someone may have created it to cause a stir without the contents having any basis in reality.
But say it is real, and that what we see in the animation is what we may eventually come to expect inside of the Porsche Taycan. The touchscreen in the video seems to incorporate a sleek user interface, unusual gear shifter, and multiple screens for user interaction. From the placement of the words, it seems far more likely that “Autopilot: Ready” has more to do with automated parking than it does with automated driving.
What we know about the Porsche Taycan so far is certainly impressive. It is expected to offer upwards of 600 horsepower from twin electric motors, placed in both the front and the rear of the vehicle. The Taycan’s 800-volt electrical system also means that Porsche can promise fast-charging capability, supposedly able to add 250 miles of range in 15 minutes. Projected to be able to sprint from 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds, this spirited EV will also be able to boast a range of over 300 miles on one charge.
It’s no secret that Porsche is out to dethrone the Tesla Model S from its spot on the top of the full-sized electric sedan market with the Taycan, and will likely give the automaker a run for its money. Only time will tell if it will succeed.