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Autonomous Classic Mustang at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Researchers at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire England have partnered with tech and engineering firm Siemens and fitted autonomous driving technology to a 1965 Ford Mustang. The car made its first attempt at the 1.86km hillclimb during the Goodwood Festival of Speed today, making it the first time an autonomous vehicle to climb the hill at Goodwood.
"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," said Dr. James Brighton, Senior Lecturer at Cranfield. "The Siemens Autonomous Hillclimb challenge project connects the classic spirit of automotive adventure with advanced technology."
Sophisticated location and scanning technology from Bentley Systems made the car able to store at 3D map of the track. The car is powered by a 289ci engine and appears to be mostly stock, albeit with more than a few more wires and some relocated components, to accommodate for the autonomous controllers.
This is a unique way to package such modern technology and is a great way to demonstrate how far automotive technology has come. The car did in fact make it up on its first run, with Dr. Brighton behind the wheel for safety precautions. He did have to intervene once to keep the car on course, but not bad for its first fun. Check out the link below for the livestream of the car's first attempt and to see some other wicked cars on track.