50047903 story Nissan's Crash-Free R&D: 7 Cute Robots Mimicking Bees and Fish 105 Posted by timothy on Thursday August 29, 2013 @01:47PM from the if-they-could-only-mate-with-roomba dept. cartechboy writes "As Nissan develops autonomous cars for its 2020 target date, the company's engineers are modeling the tech after behaviors seen in bumblebees and fish. Nissan actually tests self-navigation algorithms in seven small toy-looking robots called EPORO. The robots have 180-degree vision (modeled after bees) and monitor each others' positions, travel nose to nose and avoid collisions--just like a school of fish. Getting small robots to zip around without bumping into things might be the first step in getting cars to do the same."