At the CEATEC electronics trade show in Japan last week, Nissan showed off Eporo, a robotic car that not only mimics the behaviour of fish, but also manages to be very cute too.
The Eporo isn't what Nissan thinks the autonomous vehicles, circa 2049, will look like — a shame really — but it's actually a prototype phase for the company's collision avoidance and self navigation technologies.
The Eporo "sees" the world via laser range finder, which detects obstacles and calculates their distance from the Eporo by bouncing laser light off them. An ultra-wideband radio is used to detect the Eporo's distance from its destination.
Fish schools adopt many shapes depending on the nature of its path, as well as obstructions in their way. Fish within a school will keep pace by swimming alongside its brothers and sisters at the same pace.
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Float like a feather, sting like a (bumble)bee
Last year Nissan brought the rather more sinister looking BR23C to CEATEC. Like Eporo, it's a collision avoidance robot, but instead of being based on fish behaviour, its collision avoidance skills are derived from bumblebees. Bees, however, tend to fly alone, whereas fish generally swim in large schools.