Nissan reveals self-driving chair for people too lazy to queue

28 Sep 2016

Take the weight off your feet with the Nissan proPILOT self-driving chair. Image: Nissan

Nissan has started trials across Japan on self-driving chairs that take the leg pain out of queuing.

Nissan has revealed its latest machine: a self-driving ProPILOT Chair that automatically queues on behalf of its occupant, sparing them the hassle of standing in line.

Named after the company’s flagship autonomous driving technology, the ProPILOT Chair detects and automatically follows the chair ahead of it, maintaining a fixed distance and travelling along a set path.

The concept was inspired by the same technology that features in the company’s Serena minivan that was launched in Japan last month.

The technology allows the vehicle to maintain a safe distance behind the car ahead and ensure that it stays at the centre of its lane.

Wheels to meals

Nissan creates self-driving chair for people too lazy to queue

Nissan self-driving chair concept

But Nissan has gone a step further, and has invited restaurants across Japan to compete for the chance to deploy them at their venues in 2017.

Who knows, maybe the self-driving chairs will even bring punters directly to their tables if they don’t fancy the walk.

The concept vehicle has emerged just days after the news that the Renault-Nissan alliance has entered into a pact with Microsoft to put productivity technology in forthcoming vehicles.

If Microsoft is interested, perhaps people will drive from desk to desk in the name of productivity in the years to come.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years