The Self-Driving Chair Is Real, Thanks To Nissan

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Car manufacturer Nissan has developed a self-driving chair because, well, of course it did! The chair works much the way you might expect, with robotic wheels directing the craft’s motion, informed by its sensory input.

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Rather than deploy the chair as some kind of autonomous vehicle, Nissan is instead billing its creation as a must-have for… people who stand in line a lot? With a fleet of self-driving chairs coordinating easily with each other, people could sit in chairs that navigate a queue for them, without those people once having to stand up or move themselves. Isn’t that the dream?

Dubbed the ProPILOT Chair (a tip of the hat to Nissan’s self-driving car technology, ProPilot), the chair navigates itself by detecting and following the chair in front of it. It’s reminiscent of the Snake game on your old Nokia cell phone — when one chair moves, the next chair moves to take its place.

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Snaking lines of roboticized chairs can today make the process of waiting in line a lot more comfortable. It’s a novel solution to the pains of passing time while standing up in line at theme parks or concert venues. Still, it surely calls to mind the techno-human dystopia of Wall-E. And, oh my God, we are so lazy.

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