Nissan's Chick-Like Robots Indicate A Smart (And Cute) Future

Created back in 2009 by engineer Susumu Fujita, these cute little robots use Laser Range Finder (LRF) technology along with other sensors to help the development of collision free technology applied in autonomous vehicles of the future.

The fish mimicking movements and the sensors — inspired by the bumblebee's compound eyes that can see more than 300-degrees — make if possible for six EPORO units to communicate among themselves and monitor each other's positions to avoid collisions as well as be able to travel side-by-side or in single-file.

So, Nissan says future cars will use some of mother nature's tricks to instantly change direction by turning its wheels at the right angles to avoid a collision.

That's nice, but how about a manual transmission?