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Moth drives robot car, cruises for a date.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo created the small vehicle, controlled by a moth tethered to a ball, to characterize the moth’s tracking behaviors. The moth successfully drives the car towards a sex pheromone normally given off by a female.

In practice, the team hope to use this work to develop autonomous robots able to track down the source of smells from environmental spills and leaks, when fitted with highly sensitive sensors.

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