Move Over, Tesla: Here Come Nissan’s Self-Driving Chairs

Move Over, Tesla: Here Come Nissan’s Self-Driving Chairs Photo by Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com

If you’re still not used to the idea of self-driving cars, you’ll need to prepare yourself for Nissan’s latest invention: a self-driving chair.

The Japanese carmaker has developed a new chair, called the ProPilot, which makes standing in line obsolete. The self-propelling chairs are equipped with sensors that automatically detect the chair in front of them and follow it, keeping a fixed distance between the seats, which move along a predefined path.

When the self-driving chair reaches the front of the line and the occupant stands up, the chair automatically queues and moves to the end of the line.

According to this press release, the ProPilot chair concept is based on the same semi-autonomous technology the Japanese carmaker uses in its Serena minivan.

“The chairs won’t take off on their own and take you to the cinema, but they do represent how the Serena minivan works,” Nissan spokesperson Nicholas Maxfield tells CNN Money.

Nissan plans to test the chairs out at a few select restaurants in Japan in 2017.

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