Inspired By Ants, Marzo/ID Produces The 'Volvo Ants' Truck
Alex Marzo of Marzo/ID has designed what looks to be a safer and smarter truck for Volvo. This futuristic transport, nicknamed the Volvo Ants, quite intentionally mimics how ants communicate with each other while gathering and transporting food. It's a community thing.
The Volvo Aero Neumatic (Long Haul) Transport System is composed of compartments, individual ants, each on its own wheels and each supporting its own weight, much like train cars. Each unit has its own suspended set of wheels. The design allows each of the units to move somewhat independently of other units, but still stay very much on track, like an ant march.
My sighting of this design comes just a few days after an empty cargo truck nearly landed on my car as it turned a tight corner in front of where I was stopped at a light. It was so close, I thought I was a goner. So when I saw this image on Marzo/ID's project page, I felt a sigh of relief when I read 'perpendicular design does not work.' No, it doesn't. It tips.
That's the buzz for today!