Company to test technology on lab buses

When David Bruemmer left Idaho National Laboratory in 2009, his aim was to sell robots that detect bombs, make maps and help people stay out of car wrecks. But Bruemmer’s company, 5D Robotics, has branched into other disciplines. The same software that drives a mine-sweeping robot will soon prod INL bus drivers — and perhaps, someday, drivers throughout the world — to be more fuel efficient. In coordination with teams of INL and University of Idaho researchers, 5D will use INL’s fleet of worker-transport buses as guinea pigs for technology they believe will boost fuel efficiency for all kinds of vehicles.