Nissan is working with the University of Tokyo on a proactive collision avoidance system based on how bees detect and avoid obstacles while in flight. Although many details are still not clear, the bee creates an oval-shaped "personal space" using information from compound eyes that have a 300-degree field of vision. Information from the eyes is directly acted upon by the wings without requiring time-consuming central processing.
The Biomimetic Car Robot Drive (BR23C) is a test platform for exploring technology such as the Laser Range Finder that has a 2 metre range and a 180-degree radius. It triggers 'instinctive' collision avoidance. Additional technologies will be integrated around the BR23C.
Thanks to Nissan’s New Car Designer: Bees for the pointer!