FEB 15, 2018 8:27 AM PST

Self-Parking Slippers and Furniture Show Off Smart Car Tech: Video

WRITTEN BY: Julia Travers

Nissan is advertising its ProPilot Park autonomous technology, which lets cars park themselves, in an innovative way: through the creation of "self-parking" slippers, floor cushions, TV remotes and tables. A traditional Japanese hotel ("ryokan") in Hakone, Japan is piloting the diverting devices.

With the implementation of motors, sensors and wheels, the objects return to their original location with the touch of a button. Slippers returning to line up at the entrance of a building accords with the Japanese tradition of leaving one's outdoor shoes at the door and donning slippers. The hotel keeps slippers available upon entry for this purpose. The autonomously-moving objects will reduce the staff's workload.

Nissan representative Nick Maxfield said the slippers are meant to "raise awareness of automated driving technologies and their potential non-driving applications."

Nissan's ProPilot Park is employed in the 2018 electric Nissan Leaf.

Quote source: https://af.reuters.com/article/africaTech/idAFL4N1PK3H
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Julia Travers is a writer, artist and teacher. She frequently covers science, tech, conservation and the arts. She enjoys solutions journalism. Find more of her work at jtravers.journoportfolio.com.
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