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 auto has benn modified specifically for the event, rather than to be used on the open road. Those sensors give the auto enough information to figure out its position on something like the competition hill and to detect drivable surfaces using deep neural networks. Trees block satellite signals along much of the course, making it unhelpful to rely much on Global Positioning System, however. During the hill climb there will be someone in the drivers seat to take over at any time, just in case. During this second run, the announcers mention that with each run, the system learns the track and that allows the auto to make the next run more smoothly, but this still serves as a bit of an embarrassing situation for the autonomous driving community.
The Trophy, awarded to the annual victor of the Indianapolis 500, is spending this week in England at the 25th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.
"Goodwood offers us a chance to reflect on why we have an emotional connection with cars and acts as a reminder that humans like to be engaged and part of the action. The Mustang raises those sorts of questions". It also gives us a first look at what we can expect from the actual event as numerous cars are already on display. I shouldn't say that, because Siemens actually did end up pointing their self-driving Mustang up the hill. You can still enjoy driving it, but then you can have it drive you when you need it to.
The FoS Future Lab will also be open again this year, focusing on space exploration, autonomous transport, robotics and personal flight.
As always, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs from July 12 to 15, will be the site of rare classics and supercars by the dozens.