An autonomous Mustang is set to make a history debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
This year’s Goodwood festival is going to be incredible. First, we’ll see Toyota’s all-new Supra, and not the racing concept version--this time we’ll see an actual production version climb the iconic slopes of Goodwood. Second, Volvo will unveil their Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid grand tourer to show the world what an electrified Volvo can do on a hillclimb course.
And third, we’ll get to see a 1965 Ford Mustang run the hillclimb track twice a day without a driver.
Old meets very, very new in this custom Mustang. Engineering firm Siemens teamed up with UK-based Cranfield University Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre to bring the world the first ever self-driving Mustang.
Under the hood is the same V8 engine that the 1965 Mustang was born (although it’s probably been rebuilt once or twice since then). Also under the hood (and in the doors and front bumper) are a suite of sensors that serve as the computer’s eyes as the Mustang propels itself to glory.
Although the heavy lifting will be performed by computers and silicone, the Mustang will still retain its steering wheel and will still be drivable by a human. That’s a good thing, since this Mustang isn’t quite at Tesla-levels of autonomy.
It does have sensors to keep it steady, but the Mustang’s computers have already been provided a 3D map of the course thanks to some fancy scanning software from Bentley. The Mustang should have no trouble running the course (and maybe even setting a decent time), but we’re not so sure how it would fare on the open road.
In addition to the fancy technology, this Mustang has been painted silver and given the number 25 in honor of Goodwood’s 25th anniversary--its “silver jubilee”.
The Mustang will begin running up the hill twice a day starting on the first day of the festival (July 12). Cameras installed in the cabin will live stream the event for anyone who cars to watch.