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.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.