Using robot ants as tow trucks would make car repossessions more interesting.
Humans have always tried to outwit nature ever since flint and steel were struck together to create fire. Now, a team at Stanford University is trying its hands at one-upping another one of nature’s impressive species: ants. If you watched plenty of science documentaries as a kid, you know that a team of ants can haul things that weigh much more than their own combined body weight. It seems that this principal still applies when you use human-developed robot ants.
To prove this, the researchers at Stanford used six robots weighing a half-ounce each to pull a 3,900-pound Chevy Volt using the magic of biomimicry (when technology imitates nature).