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Autonomous 1965 Mustang Drives Worse Than My Drunken Grandfather

by Shane McGlaun
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As a child of the ’80s, I was involved in some very questionable dealings that would see the State taking kids away today. One such occasion was when my paraplegic grandfather took me on the backroads to the drive-up beer store to get his favorite Schlitz beer. Long story short, 8-year-old me ended up driving him home in an El Camino with hand controls while he guzzled said brewski. Instruction consisted of “push this to go, pull it to stop.” I’m pretty sure he is the reason Texas now has an open container law.

This Siemens autonomous Mustang went up the famed Goodwood hill climb in approximately the same fashion I was able to drive us home that day, which is to say slowly and weaving around the road.

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The main difference is that my safety driver, who grabbed the wheel every now and again, was an elderly man hopped up on Schlitz with no legs below the knees. A such a glorious time. We didn’t even wear seatbelts and I had to drive on my knees to see over the wheel. Goodwood 2018 wasn’t such a glorious time for the Siemens Mustang.

The car is a modified 1965 Ford Mustang outfitted with GPS and sensor tech that appears to lackthe accuracy needed for the task. As a result, the car went slowly and weaved all over the place. It even tried to drive into the crowd a few times as Mustangs often do. If this is the future of autonomous cars, I want no part of it.

If you’re looking for a slightly more impressive autonomous run at Goodwood, check out this lap from Roborace:

[via CNET]

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