With the annual CEATEC Japan trade show and exhibition coming up here next week, we've been putting together our 'must-see' list of robot technologies and products we want to check out first hand.
One exhibit that immediately caught our attention is the BR23C experimental robot car developed by Nissan. The key feature of the new robot car is its collision avoidance technology, which is based on advanced work done at the University of Tokyo Advanced Science and Technology Research Center.
Based on the personal space and collision avoidance strategies of bees, the robot design replaces the bee's compound eyes with laser coupled range finder cameras. This approach allows the robot to react dynamically to changing conditions without having to process complex models or sets of rules.