October 8, 2009 By News Report
Nissan last week unveiled EPORO, a robot that uses technology to avoid collisions and maintain a uniform distance between itself and other robots. The company says the robots mimic the behavior of fish traveling in schools."In EPORO, we recreated the behavior of a school of fish making full use of cutting-edge electronic technologies," said Toshiyuki Andou in a release. Andou, manager of Nissan's Mobility Laboratory and principal engineer of the robot car project, continued: "By sharing the surrounding information received within the group via communication, the group of EPOROs can travel safely, changing its shape as needed." The robots use laser ranging to avoid collisions and communicate to maintain an optimum distance and speed.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.