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Watch a team of six tiny robot ants move a car

By Siyi Chen

Researchers at Stanford University have created a tiny robot that can haul things 2000 times its weight. Imagine what a team of these robots can do? In the video above, you can watch them pull a car that weighs over 3,900 pounds, along with a driver.

Inspired by how ants work in teams to move heavy things, the Stanford scientists set out to find a way to have robots work in teams to carry out tough tasks. Their research involved a series of experiments to figure out what type of movement was best suited to interactions between robots. Next up is to equip robots with better sensors, so that they know when they’re operating at close to their limits.