'Customising a 1965 Ford Mustang with autonomous technologies, we’re going to attempt the famous hillclimb autonomously for the first time in Goodwood’s history'.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is just around the corner, and car manufacturers are getting ready to let their loudest, sexiest metal loose on the hillclimb. Siemens and Cranfield University are taking a different approach, however, letting their best autonomous technology pilot a converted 1965 Ford Mustang on the famous course.
Although it hasn't actually completed the course, the modernised muscle car isn't flying completely blind. A team from the university has already scanned the course, creating a detailed 3D map for the car to follow. Given it's narrow, twisty and uphill, the climb still won't be an easy one for the car.
If it's successful, the Mustang will be the first self-driving car to successfully navigate the hillclimb. If it isn't, expect to see a video of the car barrelling headfirst into a hay bale on every news channel in the world.
"Customising a 1965 Ford Mustang with autonomous technologies, we’re going to attempt the famous hillclimb autonomously for the first time in Goodwood’s history," said Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK and Ireland.
"With digitalisation already everywhere, our aspiration will allow guests to take an awe-inspiring look into the future and experience the technology of tomorrow, today as a means of ensuring UK plc is at the forefront of a technology-led revolution like no other before it."