Unveiling of crash-avoidance robot cars that mimic the behavior of fish in a school.
At CEATEC JAPAN 2009, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (hereinafter: Nissan) unveiled its EPORO robot cars that mimic the behavioral patterns of fish in a school as part of an introduction of new technologies to create "collision-free cars".
The challenge for automobile manufacturers - reducing fatal and serious injuries resulting from accidents by fifty percent.
The BR23C avoided obstacles individually but this year, this technology has been further enhanced in the EPORO robot cars to enable them to move in unison as a group. And Nissan demonstrated this capability in their booth at CEATEC JAPAN 2009.
Mimicking the behavior of fish in schools, which do not collide with each other even when swimming close together.
Nissan made this drive control possible by using a Laser Rangefinder laser reflector and UWB Communications wireless transmission technologies, and incorporated it into the EPORO. In the demonstration, several EPORO units traveled around a circuit by maintaining a uniform distance between each other and avoided collisions.
The background behind the development of EPORO is Nissan's Safety Shield concept, which is high-level, active safety technology designed to protect people. In the future, Nissan will incorporate EPORO technology into its cars as it has shown to be useful in preventing collisions between vehicles.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.