Six microrobots band together to tow a Chevrolet Volt

Stanford University develop tiny robots that can pull a 3,900-pound car very slowly.

We may have a new super-compact towing service in our futures. Stanford University's Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory has taken inspiration from how ants work together to move much larger objects, and have explored the best way for its microrobots to team up to accomplish bigger things. On their own, the school says each robot can move objects more than 2,000 times their own weight, meaning the possibilities of a few of them working in unison could be quite impressive.

After a series of experiments to determine the best teamwork tactic for the bite-size robots, Stanford researchers linked up six micro-tug robots weighing only 100 grams and pulled a 3,900-pound Chevrolet Volt.

However, it is a slow process with the footage of them tugging the Chevy along in the video above sped up 20 times, and it's in an ideal environment on a very flat surface. Sadly, that means the new tow service probably isn't in the cards -- at least yet.

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