The Nissan ProPilot seat was unveiled overnight and, apart from promoting the company’s self-driving technologies, has been designed to make queuing for restaurants a little more comfortable.
The ProPilot seat is designed specifically to make queuing a less arduous task, allowing people in the line to sit down and relax. They can read a book, chat, sip a coffee, or browse their smartphone while the chair automatically shuffles them up the queue.
At the bottom of the chair is a combined sensor and motor package that’s able to drive seat and keep it a safe distance from unit in front of it.
When the person at the head of line gets out of the seat, the chair zips to the back of queue, allowing another person to sit down.
According to Nissan, the autonomous chair uses a camera to detect chairs, and hopefully other objects, around it, while a weight sensor tells it when the occupant has alighted.
The ProPilot chair will be displayed at the company’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan until October 2.
Between now and the end of year, restaurants throughout Japan can apply via Twitter to have the ProPilot chairs installed outside their establishments.
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