Nissan is taking self-diving technology indoors. Not only is Nissan testing vehicles on the road, but they have been finding new ways to use driverless technology.
Nissan has created a robotic “self-driving” office chair.
The chairs come from the Japanese chair company Okamura but are powered by Nissan. Upon detecting a clap, the chair parks itself. A roomful of office chairs will go back to their designated locations with just one clap.
This system is operated by many cameras. Wi-Fi allows the bird’s-eye office camera system to be connected with the chairs. There are then four other cameras which keep track of the chair’s position and guide it back into place.
Nissan’s “Intelligent Parking Assist” technology is brilliantly demonstrated through these concept office chairs. This is the same system that allows a vehicle to be parked hands-free. The camera system steers the car and the driver only has to apply the brake and gas.
Camera technology is paving the way for self-driving vehicles. Nissan plans to develop more autonomous features and add the technology to at least ten vehicle models over the next four years. The year 2020 is the deadline for the ultimate goal: to have a fully self-driving vehicle.
These self-driving office chairs are mind-blowing and brilliant, but are unfortunately not available for purchase. You’ll have to self for the Park-Assist technology available in new Nissan cars. Not a bad consolation prize.