We’re all used to seeing sleek, futuristic looking self-driving cars in the news these days so here’s something different; a self-driving 1965 Mustang.
Siemens, the largest industrial manufacturer in Europe has chosen to showcase their autonomous driver technology in a V8-powered muscle car from the 60’s. The car will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England July 12 – 15th. The classic Mustang will attempt to navigate the 1.6 mile hillclimb course guided only by it’s onboard sensors and advanced software developed by Siemens and Cranfield University. While the car maintains it’s timeless good looks and snarling 289 cubic inch V8 under the hood it’s packed with the latest in autonomous driving sensors and software. The only indication of it’s extraordinary capabilities are 2 small sensors on the front fender and the blue racing stripe made of tiny binary code zeroes and ones.
‘We’ve partnered with Cranfield University to bridge the gap between the legacy of the automotive industry while pointing to the future of autonomy in terms of both motoring and wider industrial applications,’ said Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens in the UK and Ireland.
The Siemens Mustang will race up the narrow race course twice a day through the festival and be on display in the race paddock. The car was built to not only showcase Siemens hardware and software, but also to celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary. For safety reasons the car will be occupied by Cranfield University senior lecturer in advanced automotive engineering, Dr James Brighton. Cameras inside the car will live-stream each run to screens throughout the event.
For a look at what its like to run the course at Goodwood, check out the video below.