Self Driving Ford Mustang At Goodwood Hill Climb

The Duke of Richmond with the legendary Borg Warner Trophy

The Duke of Richmond with the legendary Borg Warner Trophy

Great Britain's Duke of Richmond, who plays host to the Festival of Speed each year, is excited to have the Trophy on display during the four-day Festival, which runs from Thursday through Sunday.

As a big believer in autonomous cars and a fan of old Mustangs, in general, I have to say that watching that was pretty painful. The Mustang has been dressed up in a unique silver wrap to mark the silver jubilee of the festival of speed.

"It is an enormous achievement for a race vehicle to complete the very first run of the hill using only artificial intelligence", said Charles Gordon-Lennox, the Duke of Richmond and Founder of the Festival of Speed.

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"Customising a 1965 Ford Mustang with autonomous technologies, we're going to attempt the famous hill climb autonomously for the first time in Goodwood's history".

Roborace will redefine the way you think about autonomous technology. Complete with a 289-cubic-inch V-8 under the hood and a three-speed transmission with a shifter sprouting from the center tunnel, it fully keeps its classic original style, including the signature double center stripe. But this is not the same as a road auto that steers autonomously based on detecting road markings and other vehicles. The engineers have developed a 3D scan of the run, "to create connected awareness of the car's own position". "The Siemens Autonomous Hillclimb challenge project connects the classic spirit of automotive adventure with advanced technology".

Siemens is also exhibiting inside the Festival of Speed Future Lab, showcasing a four person Virtual Reality (VR) experience that will immerse visitors into future auto design and engineering. It doesn't have a cabin for a driver to sit, but Devbot's development auto status means there is often need for a driver's input, as the vehicle is used by all teams for development of features to be applied to Robocar.

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