Okay, this is super-extremely hilarious. I'm literally laughing out loud while writing this!
These days, the buzz word now is "Autonomous", from self-driving cars to self-driving planes and to self-driving everything. Pretty sure we never envisaged or expect that there would be self-driving slippers. How hilarious!
Japanese Nissan recently created a system for slippers to “park” themselves at the entrance of a traditional Japanese inn at the push of a button, remotely. This is all in a bid to please both travelers and tourists, and market its own semi-autonomous ProPilot Driving Technology.
The way it works is that each slipper is equipped with two tiny wheels, a motor, and sensors to “drive” across the wooden floor using Nissan’s ProPilot Park technology. But even at that, the verdict is still out on whether they work when they are being worn.
According to Nissan, "The goal was to entertain guests, and reduce staff workload. The self-parking slippers are meant to raise awareness of automated driving technologies, and their potential, non-driving applications". The technology is also currently being used in its Nissan Leaf electric car.
It currently helps the car in semi-autonomous features like Lane Keep Assist, and Automated Cruise Control. But the end goal is for all Nissan cars to be fully Autonomous. At least for now, we can all derive a weird pleasure seeing your slippers zip around by themselves.