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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Autonomous Swarming Pods

A favorite topic, distributing tasks, combining to solve tasks.

Autonomous Pods SWARM Together Like Bees in World-First Demonstration
University of Warwick
January 30, 2020

Researchers at the University of Warwick's Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) in the U.K., in collaboration with self-driving technology maker Aurrigo and the town of Milton Keynes, have created autonomous pods (driverless vehicles) that swarm together. The pods are engineered for pedestrian areas and shared spaces, and the researchers enhanced the pods with swarm intelligence to cluster into a "platoon" and follow each other, keeping individual vehicle movements and supervision to a minimum. The pods also can automatically optimize their behavior to satisfy future passenger demand by distributing themselves within a city to locations where rides are most likely to be requested. Aurrigo's Simon Brewerton said, "The collaborative SWARM algorithms have been developed to enable our autonomous vehicles to optimize their own trip schedules, so they deliver the optimum efficiency from a fleet of vehicles."  ... '

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