Home Automobile Self-Driving Chairs Are Coming

Self-Driving Chairs Are Coming

by admin

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 tech has appeared in its Serena minivan in Japan since August. But it isn’t just limited to cars. Nissan has brought their tech to an unlikely receiver: chairs.

The chair is Nissan’s gift to line-sitters residing in Japan you’ll be able to tweet out the chair to try one out. Or, if you happen to run, you’ll be able to tweet out along with your eatery’s name. All for the sake of never standing up again.

Nissan notes the technology allows the car to not only sense how far a car is ahead of it, but also ensures the automobile stays in the centre of its lane. Nissan claims the self-piloting software used in the chair is inspired by similar tech found in the car version. 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 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  yourself.

Queueing to Wimbledon or even just waiting at the post office might just have got a lot easier.

Japanese car-maker Nissan claims to have just the thing to relieve the sore legs of weary queues.

The new system of ‘self-driving’ chairs is designed to detect when someone at the front of the queue is summoned, and automatically move everyone else one step forward in line.

The new invention is shown off in a company, which re-enacts a busy with patrons waiting outside.

Diners are sitting in a row of chairs, but will not have to stand when the next hungry diner is called to a table.

Instead, the chairs, equipped with autonomous technology that detects the seat ahead, glide along a path toward the front of the line.

When the person at the front of the queue is summoned, the empty chair at the front can sense it is empty and so moves out of pole position.

Cameras on the remaining chairs then sense the movement and follow automatically.

The system, which is similar to the kind used in Nissan’s autonomous vehicle technology, will be tested at select in Japan this year, Nissan said.

‘(It) appeals to anyone who has queued for hours outside a crowded: it eliminates the tedium and strain of standing in line,’ it added.

Although Tokyo has some long queues are not uncommon.

Chosen that fill the logistic criteria will be able to showcase the chairs at their venue.

Nissan also released a short clip showing the chairs being used in an art gallery, moving slowly in front of the various paintings to let viewers appreciate the art without the need to stand up.

You may also like