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Levante taking over the “boring part of driving”

by Bill Cawthon on

In an interview with Reuters, Maserati chief Harald Wester said that Maserati will use a “highway pilot” system to automate what he called the boring part of driving.

The highway pilot will include adaptive cruise control and lane departure warnings, already available on Chrysler products like the 300 sedan. It is slated for addition within two years on the Ghibli and Quattroporte, which share the Levante’s platform. Mr. Wester said the platform would also underpin the revised Gran Turismo and Gran Cabrio, the next new Maseratis on the schedule.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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