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Small antennas that record how bees navigate can help you perfectly control cars and drones without a driver

They are not only cute and striped, but devastatingly efficient when it comes to finding the best pollen-rich flowers.

As a result, the documents are at the center of a £ 4.8 million project to make drones and cars without drivers.

In an unusual experiment, scientists meticulously stuck small radar transponders on hundreds of bumble bees and honey bees to follow them as they flew.

Bees are famous in the animal world for their intelligence, they even lead each other to delicious flowers with the help of a ‘waggle dance’. To leverage their navigation skills, researchers used radar to track the precise flight path of bees as they buzzed over farmland in Hertfordshire

Carefully avoiding painful stitches, the researchers also put bees in virtual reality rooms and then watched their brains work as they navigate.

The project, led by the University of Sheffield, means that a bee brain is now available on a computer chip.

That chip has already been placed in drones, which can be used to drop packages in busy cities, thereby avoiding obstacles such as bees during foraging.

The hope is that the drones can be used routinely by companies within five years.

They are not only cute and striped, but devastatingly efficient when it comes to finding the best pollen-rich flowers. As a result, the documents are at the center of a £ 4.8 million project to make drones and cars without drivers. On the photo a drone that uses the chips that are made based on the bee data

They are not only cute and striped, but devastatingly efficient when it comes to finding the best pollen-rich flowers. As a result, the documents are at the center of a £ 4.8 million project to make drones and cars without drivers. On the photo a drone that uses the chips that are made based on the bee data

They are not only cute and striped, but devastatingly efficient when it comes to finding the best pollen-rich flowers. As a result, the documents are at the center of a £ 4.8 million project to make drones and cars without drivers. On the photo a drone that uses the chips that are made based on the bee data

Professor James Marshall, who led the project at the University of Sheffield, and had set up a spin-out bee technology company called Opteran Technologies, said: “It’s pretty impressive that a bee can fly more than five miles and then make its way home remember, with a brain as big as a pinhead.

They do this with just a million brain cells, while people have around 100 billion brain cells.

‘So it makes sense to me that we should try to imitate a bee brain in drones and cars without a driver.

“It’s just more practical than trying to make these machines work like a human brain.”

An important skill that bees have is to assess the 'optical flow' so that they, like a person gazing out of a train window, can measure how close objects are by the fact that they seem to move faster than those farther away

An important skill that bees have is to assess the 'optical flow' so that they, like a person gazing out of a train window, can measure how close objects are by the fact that they seem to move faster than those farther away

An important skill that bees have is to assess the ‘optical flow’ so that they, like a person gazing out of a train window, can measure how close objects are by the fact that they seem to move faster than those farther away

Bees are famous in the animal world for their intelligence, they even lead each other to delicious flowers with the help of a ‘waggle dance’.

To utilize their navigation skills, researchers used radar to track the precise flight path of bees as they buzzed over farmland in Hertfordshire.

Dr. Joe Woodgate, a researcher at Queen Mary University in London, said that applying radar tags to the insects was easier than said, and added, “They are very good at escaping us and if we succeed, we’ll keep a angry bee, that’s not always the safest place to be. “

To understand the movements of bees, the researchers also placed them in a virtual reality room with a panoramic screen with a maze. They followed their movements with a ball under their feet.

The movement patterns, combined with what is already known about bees brain cells, make it possible to create an algorithm based on the way of thinking of bees.

The researchers have already made drones with a length of approximately 20 cm based on bee brains, which they believe are used to deliver packages to cities.

Bees have an important skill in assessing the ‘optical flow’, so that they, just like a person gazing out of a train window, can estimate how close objects are by the fact that they seem to move faster than those farther away.

Carefully avoiding painful stitches, the researchers also put bees in virtual reality rooms and then watched their brains work as they navigate. The project, led by the University of Sheffield, means that a bee brain is now available on a computer chip

Carefully avoiding painful stitches, the researchers also put bees in virtual reality rooms and then watched their brains work as they navigate. The project, led by the University of Sheffield, means that a bee brain is now available on a computer chip

Carefully avoiding painful stitches, the researchers also put bees in virtual reality rooms and then watched their brains work as they navigate. The project, led by the University of Sheffield, means that a bee brain is now available on a computer chip

This control of the optical flow can be used to give a car at a glance to cars without a driver, and the brain of a bee can even be used to operate robots.

The academics, who are already interested in an air logistics company, say that their bee-inspired Brains on Board technology can be routinely used in the real world within five years.

They presented it over the weekend at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Seattle.

Professor Marshall said: ‘With us, bees are in the right place for brain size and intelligence.

“They’re actually mini-robots, and we’ve just discovered how they work so we can reproduce it for engineering.”

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