London: Scientists have created a revolutionary technology inspired by locusts that could save countless lives by preventing car crashes.
The scientists, from the universities of Lincoln and Newcastle, have discovered that the insect has a fast and accurate warning system which enables it to detect approaching objects and avoid them while in flight, the Independent reported.
Based on these findings, the team behind the findings have created a computer system which they believe could become an early prototype for a technology that could prevent collisions
Professor Shigang Yue, from the University of Lincoln’s school of computer science, said: “We were inspired by the way the locusts’ visual system works when interacting with the outside world and the potential to simulate such complex systems in software and hardware for various applications.
“We created a system inspired by the locusts’ motion sensitive interneuron - the lobula giant movement detector. This system was then used in a robot to enable it to explore paths or interact with objects, effectively using visual input only,” Yue said.
First Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 11:52