Self driving chairs may soon become your favorite “lazy” chair!  Say goodbye to the drudgery of long lines!  Bring your favorite reading material and pull up a chair, literally.  According to a CNN.com recent article Hate standing in line? This self-driving chair might be the answer102416-lazychair by Emiko Jozuka the “Japanese carmaker Nissan thinks it has the solution.. [to our typical aversion to waiting in long lines]… Enter the ProPilot Chair, a fleet of self-driving seats equipped with sensors that allow each chair to detect and follow the one in front of it. The empty chair in pole position automatically glides back to the end of the line.

This lazy person’s dream might sound like a gimmick, but Nissan spokesperson Nicholas Maxfield says the technology is based on the same system that’s currently available in the Serena minivan. “The chairs won’t take off on their own and take you to the cinema, but they do represent how the Serena minivan works,” he said.

The Serena isn’t completely autonomous. But its forward-facing camera, which also acts as a sensor, allows it to detect and steer around corners, slow down when another car overtakes and accelerate as a vehicle in front speeds up. At present, this semiautonomous technology only works on highways.  Nissan has big plans to upgrade its autonomous vehicles by 2020 so that they can navigate crowded city centers.

The chairs are a gentle way of introducing the technology to the general public, according to Maxfield. They’re also proving to be a handy marketing stunt.  Six chairs are currently on show at Nissan’s public gallery in Yokohama, Japan. They will also be trialed in front of select restaurants in the country from 2017.”  READ MORE

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