As Nissan develops autonomous cars for its 2020 target date, the company’s engineers are modeling the tech after behaviors seen in bumblebees and fish. Nissan actually tests self-navigation algorithms in seven small toy-looking robots called EPORO.
The robots have 300-degree vision (modeled after bees) and monitor each others’ positions, travel nose to nose and avoid collisions–just like a school of fish. Getting small robots to zip around without bumping into things might be the first step in getting cars to do the same.
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