Nissan has developed self-driving slippers to “park” themselves at the entrance of the traditional inn at the push of a button, ready for guests to use upon arrival.
Each slipper is equipped with two tiny wheels, a motor and sensors to “drive” across the wooden lobby floor using Nissan’s ProPilot Park technology.
Guests arriving at the guesthouse in Hakone, southwest of Tokyo, are greeted with a pair of slippers to wear. Once removed these slippers can “park” themselves back at the entrance at the push of a button.
“The self-parking slippers are meant to raise awareness of automated driving technologies — and their potential, nondriving applications,” said Nissan spokesman Nick Maxfield.
Nissan will invite selected guests to experience the technology, when the guesthouse opens in March 2018.