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04 Feb 2018

Nissan Motor showcases slippers that can park themselves

Nissan unveils self-parking slippers

Japanese automaker Nissan Motor has unveiled slippers that can 'park' themselves.

Once a user takes them off, he or she can make the self-driving slippers automatically return to a designated spot with the push of a button.

The car company has also unveiled floor cushions and tables that are programmed to self-park. Here is more on the rather unusual technology.

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Nissan unveils self-parking slippers
The self-parking slippers feature wheels, sensors

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The self-parking slippers feature wheels, sensors

The self-parking slippers feature two tiny wheels, a motor, and sensor cameras, all of which allow them to drive autonomously across wooden floors.

They make use of these sensors to locate a designated space and then park themselves in it.

The slippers, which come as a part of a bigger marketing campaign, are currently being displayed at Nissan's corporate headquarters in Yokohama.

Slippers to raise awareness on automated driving technologies

"The self-parking slippers are meant to raise awareness of automated driving technologies - and their potential, nondriving applications," Nissan spokesperson Nick Maxfield said.

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Slippers use Nissan car's autonomous parking technology

With the slippers, Nissan has showcased how its autonomous parking technology can be applied to everyday objects, promoting its automobile tech in a smart manner.

The self-parking slippers work on the same technology as Nissan's ProPilot self-parking system which is integrated in the battery-powered electric car Nissan Leaf.

With ProPilot, drivers can make the car self-park at the push of a button.

Nissan has also developed self-parking chairs in the past

This is not the first time Nissan is incorporating autonomous technology in daily objects. Earlier in 2016, the company had unveiled self-powered office chairs that could park themselves with a simple clap of the hands, saving employees the trouble of arranging them after a meeting.

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In a shopping complex area, several users will come for purchasing. It means that there would be different customer chappals, how will they identify and park themselves?

Asked on 04-02-2018 by Anonymous

Answered by NewsBytes

Please note that this is a pilot project, which is actually a part of the marketing campaign. They are meant to raise awareness of automated driving technologies. These slippers are currently being displayed at Nissan's corporate headquarters in Yokohama, under controlled environment.

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Will parking location sensor accept all kinds of user slippers?

Asked on 04-02-2018 by Anonymous

Answered by NewsBytes

No, these are specially designed slippers. They have two tiny wheels, a motor, and sensor cameras, all of which allow them to drive autonomously across wooden floors.

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