We covered developments in driverless driving (if that’s not an oxymoron) earlier this year.
It was instructive to see that we’re not quite in the future yet at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
At first it was hats off to the Siemens crew who adapted a 1965 Ford Mustang to run off a GPS signal with autonomous driving capabilities (steering, accelerating and braking). It was good to see that we don’t have to succumb to dull vehicles when our robot overlords take to the wheel.
The hats, however, were firmly replaced as this vehicle made its way onto the famous hill climb course. Maybe relying on GPS mapping rather than external sensors isn’t quite enough information for the computer to keep to the course, or whether it was the combination of raw power and ‘computer says no’ driving skills, the poor thing ended up bouncing itself off hay bales whilst the commentator attempted to remain upbeat.
It definitely didn’t look like the Mustang was being thrashed up the hill with any kind of conviction. In this instance, we’re still ahead of the computers when it comes to advanced driving skills.
By Beate Kubitz at 30 Jul 2018, 00:00 AM