Showing off some of its innovative parking technologies, Nissan recently developed the first Intelligent Parking Chair. You heard right. Engineers developed this pet project using intelligent park assist technology, creating chairs that automatically arrange themselves.
Although you might initially think there is a ghost in the room, the Intelligent Parking Chair is capable of finding its “target position,” or place at the table, and move 360 degrees to get there. According to Nissan, four cameras in the room’s ceiling generate a bird’s-eye view to wirelessly transmit the chairs position and its route, and a small motor propels the chairs forward.
“With this innovation in office technology, Japanese businessmen are now freed from the troublesome task of arranging chairs, using this new technology already adopted in the European model X-Trail Hybrid and other Nissan vehicles around the world,” read the Nissan website.
Videos of the Nissan technology caused quite a stir on video-sharing websites like YouTube, demonstrating just how intelligent the Nissan engineering and design labs are becoming. A single clap of the hands and the chairs spring to life, finding their place in the room. This is just one more way Nissan sets itself apart from other brands.
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Although it might sound like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, self-driving cars are just on the horizon. Thanks to a new partnership between Nissan and NASA, commercial applications of autonomous driving systems are now in the works.
So how exactly does this work? Well, Nissan autonomous vehicle systems have been around for a few years; however, this new partnership is aimed at getting the technology to the public. Using remote-control technology, network-enabled communication, and state-of-the art radar, it’s as simple as typing in a destination.
“The work of NASA and Nissan – with one directed to space and the other directed to earth, is connected by similar challenges,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan. He states, “The partnership will accelerate Nissan’s development of safe, secure and reliable autonomous drive technology that we will progressively introduce to consumers beginning in 2016 up to 2020.”
Nissan says the most complex obstacle is by far city driving. Nissan and NASA, who mastered the technology in planetary rovers, are aiming to use vehicle-to-vehicle communications and high-tech cameras to make the system operational. Who knows, maybe in a few years hover cars will be an option as well. At 171 Nissan, we’re excited to see what this partnership will bring to future Nissan vehicles![Top]
Not long ago, Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn struck out in a speech and stated the company’s plans to have full autonomous cars by no later than 2020. After this statement, many car enthusiasts and industry leaders (although skeptical) were excited to see what Nissan may have in store for the future and even more excited for the changes this could bring to the auto and travel industries as a whole. Nissan escalated the energy levels by revealing a self driving LEAF prototype as proof of their plans to quickly have these new vehicles hit the road as soon as possible. With these plans finally out in the open, our inner child and imagination ran wild with idea of future self driving cars and how much closer that may have us to the Jetson’s way of travel!
Sadly, during a speech in Japan, Mr. Ghosn stated that Nissan’s plans for self driving cars are going to be tapping the brakes and would take longer than originally planned. Another speed bump in the future of this technology is that instead of created a fully automated vehicle; Nissan now says it will slowly rollout more and more automated technologies over the next few years which will slowly build into a full autonomous car. The good news is that none of this means we won’t be getting our self driving cars, merely that we may just have to wait a few more years before we’ll be able to watch a movie or take a nap as the car drives itself safely to our destination.[Top]