Nissan Motor's self-parking slipper is seen in this handout photo which was released on January 25, 2018, in Japan. via REUTERS/Nissan Motor/Handout
CAIRO - 27 January 2018: Nissan has unveiled their latest technological invention, which may seem like more of a novelty. In Japan, self-parking slippers are now available. Nissan Motor Co have expanded on their self-driving car technology to create an innovation for Japanese hospitality.
One hotel is already using the technology, where at the push of a button you can park your slippers at the entrance of the lobby.
Each slipper has two tiny wheels, a motor and sensors to drive across the floor and park into a spot, between the already parked slippers. The same technology is used in the latest version of the Nissan LEAF (Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family) vehicle.
A simplified version of that same technology has been installed at the hotel where Nissan’s first parking slippers can be found. It is located in the resort town of Hakone, around 75 kilometers (47 miles) southwest of Tokyo and famed for its view of Mount Fuji. Guests can begin experiencing the parking slippers as early as March.
Slippers are not the only self-driving technology in the hotel, they also will have self-driving low tables and floor cushions. Many of the world’s top auto brands such as Audi and Tesla are developing self-driving technology. Nissan plans to market a car that can drive itself on city streets by 2020.