Over the years, numerous vehicles have graced Lord March's driveway at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. From purpose-built drift cars to multi-million dollar classics, almost every kind of vehicle has ran up the hill. At this year's event, a self driving vehicle will be taking on the Goodwood hillclimb for the very first time in the form of a 1965 Ford Mustang.
Built by Siemens in collaboration with Cranfield University, the company has fitted this classic Mustang with autonomous tech which would allow it to take on short sprint up Lord March's driveway. Not much details were released regarding the self-driving Mustang. What they did mention was that they used advanced location scanning technology from Bentley Systems. A 3D scan of the track was also created to give the car awareness of its position.
Unlike using a newer car, the team that built this autonomous Mustang posed more of a challenge. They had a hard time adapting the autonomous hardware to the car's traditional steering and suspension bits. That said, a bespoke autonomous vehicle would have proven to be an easier feat.
“Goodwood offers us a chance to reflect on why we have an emotional connection with cars and acts as a reminder that humans like to be engaged and part of the action. The Siemens Autonomous Hillclimb challenge project connects the classic spirit of automotive adventure with advanced technology,” said Dr James Brighton, Senior Lecturer at Cranfield.
On the outside, Siemens has wrapped the Mustang in a special silver wrap to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Goodwood.
For those wondering, it won't be the only autonomous vehicle to attempt a run at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed. Roborace will also be attempting to complete the Goodwood hill climb in an autonomous race vehicle. But, let's just say doing it in a '65 Mustang looks a lot more cooler.