Self-Driving Chairs Are Coming
Nissan's ProPILOT chair will make waiting in line autonomous
There’s no shortage of car companies working on autonomous automobiles. Lyft is planning a subscription service, Tesla has shipped their vehicles with the feature, and Uber currently offers self-driving cabs for folks living in Pittsburgh. You can also count Nissan among these–the company’s ProPILOT tech has appeared in its Serena minivan in Japan since August. But it isn’t just limited to cars. Nissan has brought their ProPILOT tech to an unlikely receiver: chairs.
The ProPILOT chair is Nissan’s gift to line-sitters residing in Japan. Between the dates of September 27 and December 27, you’ll be able to tweet out the hashtag #NissanProPilotChair to try one out. Or, if you happen to run a restaurant, you’ll be able to tweet out #NissanProPilotChair and #Wanted along with your eatery’s name. All for the sake of never standing up again.
Nissan notes the ProPILOT technology allows the car to not only sense how far a car is ahead of it, but also ensures the automobile stays in the center of its lane. Nissan claims the self-piloting software used in the chair is inspired by similar tech found in the car version of ProPILOT. The most popular use of autonomous tech right now is in cars, but the chairs hint at a future where we could see similar tech repurposed for other uses. Along with chairs, drones, robots and other wheeled or winged items could move on their own for the benefit of us humans. Until then you’ll have to wait in line for that new iPhone yourself.