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EXCLUSIVE: Robotic ants could change transportation networks

Kramer Phillips | @KramerPhillips| March 30, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Robotic ants could change transportation networks

Ants may someday lead to more efficient transportation systems.

A team of scientists are one step closer to understanding how ants are able to coordinate with one another. In a paper published earlier this week, a team of scientists revealed the findings of their research regarding how ants build some of the most efficient networks in nature and how that could eventually usher in a new age of transportation and robotics.

New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Simon Garnier, working in coordination with colleagues, has reportedly created the first robotic ant network, part of an effort to build better robot swarms by imitating  communication tactics employed by ants around the world.

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