Standing in line too much effort for you? Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has revealed a new autonomous chair which takes the hassle out of negotiating queues.
A publicity stunt for the firm’s ProPilot system for cars, the ProPilot chair detects and follows the chair ahead of it, maintaining a fixed distance and travelling along a set path.
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The system, already fitted to the Serena MPV in Japan and set to be fitted to more Nissans in the future, takes over from the driver in stop/start situations, maintaining a safe distance from the car ahead and keeping the vehicle in the centre of its lane.
“The ProPilot Chair appeals to anyone who has queued for hours outside a crowded restaurant,” Nissan explains in a statement released this morning. “It eliminates the tedium and physical strain of standing in line.
“The same user-friendly philosophy underpins Nissan’s ProPilot autonomous driving technology, which was designed to ease driver workload by assisting with the most tiring and repetitive aspects of driving in heavy highway traffic. The unifying concept behind both is Intelligent Mobility, Nissan’s vision for how cars will be driven, powered, and integrated into society.”
Nissan is looking for restaurants across Japan to trial the chairs in 2017. Until then, they’ll be exhibited at Nissan’s global HQ in Yokohama.