Schools of fish may hold secret to solve traffic woes
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A PhD student from University of Sydney School of Biological Sciences feels that schools of fish can solve the traffic congestion problems and that the automotive engineers should get inspired from them.
According to a new research by the University, even swimming in massive school, fish rarely crash into each other as they follow simple rules. James Herbert-Read, the Australian student, is the lead author of this research.
Herbert-Read told ABC Science Online that the rules followed by the fish could actually be converted to computers and could then be integrated to vehicles and hence the problem of traffic chaos and road mishaps could be solved. He said:
“If you could engineer a system where each car knew where each car was and they could respond to each other and communicate with each other, you would avoid traffic problems. And we’re starting to see that now, with sensors fitted in the newer cars coming out.”
“These rules include ‘accelerate towards a neighbor that is far away from you’ and ‘decelerate when a neighbor is right in front of you’. When we’re driving, we use similar sorts of rules: we decelerate when someone’s in front of us and accelerate if there’s someone about to bump into you from behind.”