If you don’t already have a car with some sort of self-parking feature, you probably will soon. In our inevitable march towards fully-autonomous transportation, parking assist is one of the first steps (right after adaptive cruise control). Nissan, like every other car maker worth their salt, is integrating those features into their vehicles, and to show off their hot new tech, they’ve built an inn.
A ryokan — a traditional Japanese inn — does, admittedly, seem like an odd venue for demonstrating autonomous automobile technology. But, that’s exactly what Nissan is doing at their ProPILOT Park Ryokan, which is a place you where you could actually stay. If you’re astute, you probably inferred that “ProPILOT Park” is the name of Nissan’s self-parking system.
But, that system isn’t being used at ProPILOT Park Ryokan for some sort of fancy valet service. Instead, it’s used to park the tables, cushions, and slippers inside of the inn. The video is, of course, just promotional, so Nissan is light on the details of the hardware here. The objects themselves aren’t equipped with the kind of sensors you’d find in a car, and it appears their positions are tracked with an overhead camera system. But hey, it’s still fun to watch.