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Bumblebee-Based Connected Vehicles

November 18th, 2015

Bumblebee-Based Connected Vehicles

Everyone is talking about the new smart cars that can drive themselves. What people don’t know is that the engineers behind those cars are heading a new project that will allow them to communicate to each other, “talking” to each other about their velocity, direction and intentions. This is supposed to make driving in the future much safer for drivers. But, what’s really interesting about this project is that the researchers are using bumblebees to figure out how to make this technology work. It is all being based off of these tiny little bees.

Bumblebees are being used as the basis because, unlike honeybees or ants, bumblebees are social insects, sharing information with each other, but do not have hive minds. They take the information they get from other bees and then act on it independently, making their method of communication the perfect blueprint for these connected cars. In order to create this technology, the National Science Foundation is giving $300,000 in a research grant towards studying how bumblebees navigate, and how we can mimic that in our smart cars.

What do you think of our smart cars learning from the tiny bumblebee?

One Response to “Bumblebee-Based Connected Vehicles”

  1. It is great that nature inspires design and technology as seen with the bumblebee and smart cars! To learn about bed bugs and Bed Bug Solutions of San Bernardino visit http://bedbugsolutions.info/

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