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We reported a few weeks again that despite the much anticipated Alfa Romeo Giulia being billed as a pure driver’s car—especially in 505-horsepower, twin-turbo, stick-shift Quadrifogliospec. Alfa Romeo hopes to have Tesla Autopilot-style semi-autonomous tech available as an option on the upcoming sport saloon.

The rumour seems to have been confirmed this week, speaking with magazine Autocar, Alfa Romeo boss Harald Wester makes a pretty compelling case for how semi-autonomous tech could make old-fashioned driving more enjoyable.

“I am absolutely convinced that once fully autonomous vehicles are established, the more people will appreciate driving on a road free of traffic and enjoy driving their car again,” Wester told Autocar. “Then it will be as important as ever to produce a car which elicits a huge amount of driving emotions.”

“We have been asked several times whether such technology is in contrast with a brand like Alfa Romeo. I think the opposite is correct,” Wester said. “We all know the situation

[…] you go to work in the morning and very quickly you find yourself in a sequence of stopping and starting, and it is a real waste of time and energy. In the future we will start to give you that time back so you can spend it better,” he said.

Perhaps that’s a few years off, though: Wester told Autocar that full autonomous technology won’t be available in Fiat Chrysler products until 2024 at the earliest. That sounds like a realistically conservative timeline, with the semi-autonomous tech currently under development for the Giulia serving as a stepping stone towards true autonomous operation.

Alfa Romeo enthusiasts will baulk at the idea, but in a world of ever more traffic congestion and a need to compete with the likes of Mercedes, Tesla etc the Italian carmaker has little choice in the real world.

By | 2017-06-13T03:20:51+00:00 June 12th, 2016|Categories: Alfa Romeo, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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