The fun will get squeezed out

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The fu­ture is be­ing driven by peo­ple who don’t much like cars. Their pri­or­i­ties – hard to ar­gue with – are re­duc­ing pol­lu­tion, re­duc­ing con­ges­tion and re­duc­ing ac­ci­dents. But where’s the fun in that?

Speaker af­ter speaker at the FT Fu­ture of the Car sum­mit high­lighted the trends that are shap­ing to­mor­row’s cars. Clean power, con­nec­tiv­ity (ve­hi­cles talk­ing to one an­other and to road­side in­fra­struc­ture) and car shar­ing were the hot top­ics.

The inal speaker of the day, McLaren CEO Mike Fle­witt, swam against the tide by cham­pi­oning driv­ing plea­sure: ‘I don’t en­vis­age a world that is ever fully au­ton­o­mous. You can imag­ine down­load­ing Fer­nando Alonso’s per­fect lap around Silverstone, have the car drive you on that per­fect lap au­to­mat­i­cally, so you can learn from that. And then you drive your­self.’

That’s a great use of new tech­nol­ogy.

McLaren’s Fle­witt wants tech to aid driv­ing plea­sure, not re­place it

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