We have all heard of the dreaded locust swarms that devastate countries occasionally and the horrific aftermath they leave behind. But now scientists have come up with a stunning new theory that connects these locust swarms to a possible increase in road safety.
The clue lies in the fact that despite there being many thousands of individuals in a swarm they very rarely collide. This is due to an in built and natural early warning system which prevents them hitting each other when flying in huge numbers and at speed.
Researchers at the University of Lincoln have developed a computer model based on this early warning system which could be used by car manufacturers to save the lives of thousands of drivers every year. The computer model has been successfully downloaded and tested using mobile robots and demonstrates that this system could serve as the model for ultra-reliable detection sensors for cars.
This would enable cars to make much more informed decisions about road conditions, help drivers to be more aware of dangers around them and allow cars to take swifter action to prevent a possible collision. The hope is that this early warning system would reduce car accidents and car insurance claims for thousands of motorists.