What does a bee s waggle dance have to do with planning optimal delivery routes?
For those of us who came up with the answer almost certainly nothing, that might explain why we re not the brains behind Routific, a Vancouver-based startup which has developed a smart route optimization algorithm based on the way bees seek out nectar.
Bees work in a colony, Marc Kuo, founder and CEO of Routific, told Digital Trends.
They have scouts which go out to forage for nectar, which means exploring a lot of types of flowers over a long distance.
As soon as a scout bee discovers a patch of flowers and returns to the hive with good quality nectar, it does a waggle dance to attract other bees which then go and explore that patch more closely.
Inspired by this behavior, the algorithm Routific developed applies that concept to the world of logistics, by figuring out how a fleet of delivery vehicles can most optimally deliver packages to businesses or consumers.