Goldfish are able to learn to drive a customized vehicle on the ground.
They were able to learn this during research at Ben Gurion University in Israel, the agency reported Reuters.
At the university, they built a robotic vehicle with a water tank equipped with LIDAR technology, which measures the distance from the calculation of the pulse propagation of the laser beam reflected from the target object. The computer, camera, electric bikes and adaptive wheels allow the fish to control the direction of movement.Read also Orangutan mothers are patient, but not endless
“To our surprise, the fish didn’t have to learn to drive for a long time. At first they are confused, they do not know what is going on, but they very quickly realize the connection between their movement and the movement of the vehicle, “said Šakar Givon, who participated in the research.
Six goldfish were involved in the research, and each went through ten “driving lessons.” Whenever someone managed to reach their destination with a car, they were rewarded with food.Read also The badger apparently helped archaeologists discover a set of Roman coins
Some crucians have been shown to be better drivers than others. “Some of them did great, others were able to control the vehicle, but they didn’t excel in driving,” said biology professor Ronen Segev. Findings that the fish can navigate outside of its natural aquatic environment could expand scientific knowledge about the navigational abilities of animals, scientists believe. “We humans think we are very special, and many of us find fish primitive, but that’s not right. They are very important small creatures, “said Segev.
Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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