Nissan Outfits Japanese Inn With Self-Parking Slippers
Using a miniaturized version of Nissan's autonomous vehicle parking technology, these slippers are never out of place
Nissan has been experimenting with adapting its automated parking and autonomous driving technologies into unexpected non-automotive scenarios. Previously, two projects involving self-parking and distance-keeping chairs became viral internet stars. Nissan’s latest project ups the ante by transforming the humble slipper into an autonomous wearable.
ProPILOT Park Ryokan (inn in Japanese) will open for for a short period in March 2018. Guests will get to wear the slippers that automatically return to their location by the door. Nissan engineers have also fitted self-parking devices to tables and floor cushions in Tatami rooms inside. The project aims to demonstrate another feature of Nissan’s ProPilot technology in an entertaining way.
The automatic ProPilot Park technology debuted in the new second generation Nissan LEAF. The feature detects and automatically parks the car at the touch of a button. Slippers, cushions and tables in the ProPILOT Park Ryokan also return to their designated spaces at the press of a button.
Nissan’s TECH for LIFE micro site features the three projects completed so far. It’s in Japanese, but the images tell the story pretty well by themselves. Additionally, Nissan have created a video specifically for the ProPILOT Park Ryokan showing a peek at the development of the slippers and some guests reactions.
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