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Lamborghini, Never Subtle, Looks 1,000 Years Into the Future

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AUTOMAKERS LOOK MANY years into the future when developing new models, but even by that measure, Lamborghini is going to an extreme. Perhaps that is to be expected, given that it is Lamborghini were talking about. The Italian automaker wants to join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in pondering supercars for the third millennium.

Lamborghini is hard at work on the technology and vehicles you’ll be lusting after in 2025, but wants to be even more forward-thinking than that. It remains to be seen just what Lamborghini expects from MIT, although anything that comes from the partnership probably would help Lamborghini’s siblings in the Volkswagen Group. Maurizio Reggiani, head of R&D at Lamborghini plans to spend the next few days talking to folks at the university to brainstorm ideas. “The super-sports car is always a laboratory for the future,”Reggiani says.

While the “1000-year view” that Reggiani discusses sounds like nothing more than a line in a press release, it is fun to consider where things might go in the next decade or three. MIT excels at robotics, for example, so perhaps an autonomous supercar? Not likely says Reggiani. He believes Lamborghini owners always will insist on driving, but he can see semi-autonomous safety tech playing a role. He favors technology that helps drivers push their limits and sharpen their skills—a view Audi, which VW also owns, has expressed. “Autonomous has a different meaning for Lamborghini,” he says. – READ MORE

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