The autonomous ’65 Mustang that I wrote about only a day or so ago has successfully finished its maiden voyage on the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Well, if you count it hitting the hay-bales once and needing a driver to take over the steering more than a few times as successful. If you don’t count that as being successful, then the autonomous Mustang has been a complete failure.
It travelled slowly, weaving from side to side to try and detect its surroundings, but on more than one occasion went rogue and drove straight towards the crowds either side of the track (ha ha). To be honest, towards the end it looked like the steering had completely given up, with the driver having to point the car in the right direction once every two seconds at least.
This is not its last attempt at the course so it will be trying again to redeem itself in the next few days. It’s going to need it, because right now, its team from Siemens and Cranfield University are surely slightly embarrassed.