This '65 Mustang will autonomously drive itself up the Goodwood Hillclimb

Donna Miller
July 13, 2018

"This makes them the flawless partner to undertake this significant feat", he added.

"Roborace plays an important role in the future of mobility, challenging public perceptions and providing a platform to advance new technologies", explained Charles Gordon-Lennon, founder of the Festival of Speed. One of the main goals of this build was to add modifications that didn't take anything away from the stock vehicle, so a simple flip of a switch will allow the Mustang to be driven manually like any other classic.

"It's the first time we have done anything like this and, yes, of course it is fun to do it for the Festival of Speed, but it also makes you think what cars might be like in the future", said Dryden.

Those familiar with Goodwood know the hillclimb features automotive wonders from myriad eras. We especially appreciate how this autonomous 1965 Mustang merges one of history's most celebrated machines and blends it with today's most talked-about emerging technology.

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The silver 'Stang - complete with blue racing stripes decorated with the 0s and 1s of binary code - will be making runs at this week's Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, where it will attempt to navigate a 1.16-mile hillclimb course powered by a classic 289 V8.

The autonomous Mustang is scheduled to climb the former Lord March's hill July 12, and will continue to climb twice a day until the festival concludes July 15.

But the star of the morning was definitely the 1965 Ford Mustang developed by Siemens which features technology that includes a Global Positioning System to "learn" the circuit and navigate the 1.86km stretch. Thankfully, there will be someone sitting in the driver's seat ready to take over the controls if the ones and zeros decide to get mischievous. This accomplishment was made without the assistance of a safety driver.

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