Japan’s leading car company has developed new self-parking slippers to showcase its new car tech.
Japan is famous for its hospitality all over the world. The hospitality of the country has taken a big leap ahead with the advent of self-parking slippers, tables, and even floor cushions. These amazing items have been developed by the tech giant – Nissan. True, Tesla is one of the leading giants in the car tech industry but Nissan has its own innovation and peculiar technology.
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A traditional Japanese ‘ryokan’ inn near Tokyo is currently in the process of testing these amazing inventions. The slippers are designed to show-off the ProPilot Park autonomous technology, which was incorporated in the 2018 electric Nissan Leaf. The self-parking items are fitted with a modified version of the technology, comprising of sensors, small motors and even tiny wheels. The wheels help them to steer to their original designated place when the user does something as simple as pressing a remote control button.
Staying at a ryokan has its own etiquettes. For instance, if you happened to stay at one, you must be aware of the fact that you need to leave your shoes at the entrance before stepping into a pair of slippers. The new technology aids you in doing so in a proper manner.
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Technology from Nissan changes all that, as its sensors expertly guide the slippers into position, leaving them perfectly lined up at the entrance at all times, creating an atmosphere of order and harmony for arriving guests as well as staff. Brilliant.
The guests in the video (above) are certainly impressed. “It’s incredible,” a man marvels as a self-driving cushion trundles toward him. “Selected guests” will be able to try out Nissan’s technology at the ryokan in Hakone from March.
Nissan spokesperson Nick Maxfield told Reuters the self-parking slippers are supposed to “raise awareness of automated driving technologies, and their potential, non-driving applications,” and so will probably not be appearing at ryokans across Japan anytime soon.
The company’s ProPilot Park technology was introduced with the all-new electric Leaf in Japan in October 2017. Using sensors and cameras, it detects surrounding objects and, with a push of a button, lets drivers automatically park their vehicle in a selected parking space. Nissan’s ProPilot technology also includes an “assist” feature that can help the driver with acceleration, steering, and braking under particular conditions on a highway. It debuted in the U.S. with the Rogue in 2017.
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