Rolling Robots Mimic Schools of Fish To Prevent Car Crashes One Day

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Robots, fish, cars. I like all three of those, so naturally I love these robots that mimic the movements of fish to avoid crashes. Except for the white one, he looks like a futuristic Klan member.

The point? Well, Nissan has been been studying schools of fish and how they avoid colliding with each other while swimming. They have come up with similar technology and put it in these three-wheeled bots—seven of them can travel together and avoid crashes by using laser range finders which measures distance from one another. Then they, like a good family of fishies, share the info with each other. The hope is to bring that communication to the cars of the future. Frankly, I wouldn't mind if the cars of our future looked a bit more like these little guys too. [AFP]