Saturday, November 4, 2017

Drone Aircraft Safety Might Improve Thanks to Bees

Article Written By: Bright Li


    According to new research from the University of Queensland's Brain Institute, Australia, Honeybees (Apis mellifera) feel a bias in both left and right-handedness when flying through obstacles.

    The scientists studied this feature by making honeybees decide whether to go through two different apertures when encountered by a barrier. The Insects easily detect which passage was the safer and quicker route to fly through.

    Not only do these biases help improve the flight efficiency of a bee swarm, this feature might improve drone aircraft fleet safety and provide a more collision-free navigation.

    Quote from Professor Mandyam Srinivasan, “Unlike humans, who are mostly right-handed, some bees display a strong left bias, others a strong right bias, and yet others a weak or zero bias.”

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Image Credit: Walter Bichler

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