Mike Stevens | Oct 2, 2009

NISSAN WILL REVEAL a new concept at the CEATEC JAPAN electronics show next week, conceived as an experiment in making collision-free driving a reality.

Called EPORO Robot Car, the concept is made up of multiple units operating independently of each other, but in awareness of each other's position, cooperating to avoid collision.

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Nissan describes the intelligent behaviour of each EPORO Robot Car as fishlike in the way they communicate and move together.

"We, in a motorized world, have a lot to learn from the behaviour of a school of fish in terms of each fish's degree of freedom and safety within a school and high migration efficiency of a school itself," Toshiyuki Andou, Manager of Nissan's Mobility Laboratory, said.

In EPORO, we recreated the behaviour of a school of fish making full use of cutting-edge electronic technologies."

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Each EPORO Robot Car shares information about its surroundings with the other EPORO units, allowing the group to move safely and change its shape as needed.

Nissan has worked with similar concepts in the past, previously developing the BR23C Robot Car, based on the behaviour of bumblebees.

Fish were chosen this time because, Nissan says, while bees tend to travel alone, fish often travel in schools and are therefore a better analog to the driving world.

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