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YOU arrive at the hotel and a row of slippers scamper back into formation.

Now. I know you, you’re rubbing your eyes and thinking…This is a wind up.

But it’s Japan – and this is the ProPILOT Park Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan. But traditional only in a modern sense.

Autonomous self-parking slippers vie for your attention along with tables and cushions that scuttle back into place to keep the ryokan neat and tidy.

It is, truly, a whole new world of autonomy.

Of course, it’s a clever way for Nissan to demonstrate its new ProPILOT Park autonomous parking technology. When not in use, the slippers automatically return to their designated spots at the push of a button.

ProPILOT Park was first introduced on the all-new Nissan LEAF and it detects surrounding objects and lets drivers automatically park the vehicle in a selected parking space by pressing a button. The same tech is now part of the amenities to entertain guests at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan.

It delivers a whole new meaning to that old fifties cliché of ‘bring me my pipe and slippers!’

Self-parking slippers...and Nissan's ProPilot technology on the new Nissan Leaf
Self-parking slippers, courtesy of Nissan’s ProPilot technology on the new Nissan Leaf

 

 

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