Autonomous robot draws soccer pitches

Nissan has revealed the Pitch-R at the UEFA Champion's League final in Kiev this week, which uses self-driving technology to draw soccer fields "wherever there is space".

Using four cameras, GPS location tracking and collision avoidance systems, the Pitch-R can draw white lines on grass, tarmac, or gravel with its "eco-friendly dissolvable paint".

Power comes from a rechargeable battery pack of an undisclosed capacity. Nissan says the Pitch-R, once activated, moves autonomously to analyse its surroundings in real time and quickly scans the area to find suitable space for a field.

Uneven surfaces aren't an issue either, and the company claims it has the ability to navigate around obstacles where necessary.

The Pitch-R can create fields for five-a-side, seven-a-side or 11-a-side teams, with the drawing process taking "less than 20 minutes".

Nissan says it created the little robot to engage with grassroots soccer fans, and it's the first "in a series of advanced prototypes" being developed using the company's Intelligent Mobility technologies.