In Review: Nissan Self Parking Slippers!

Experience traditional Japanese hospitality with a techy twistat the ProPILOT Park Ryokan

It is no surprise that we will be experiencing self driving cars in the near future, the technology has gone a long way already, but the entire ecosystem still needs more research and experiments before we can see fully autonomous cars on mass scale.

However one very important question comes to mind, WOULD YOU USE AN AUTONOMOUS CAR if it was available to you as of today? I mean would you send your kids to school in it? or would you take a nap while it drives itself back to your house from work?

As of today, the answer to this question is still blurry, but mostly has more to do with you getting used to the concept than it has to do with the technology itself.

The Car Maker Nissan have developed a concept of a Self-Parking Slipper based on its ProPILOT Park technology.


(From the Official Description of the Video)

Combining the ultimate in traditional hospitality with Nissan’s autonomous driving technology, one Japanese inn is treating guests to some unusual amenities: self-parking slippers, tables and floor cushions. At first glance, the ProPILOT Park Ryokan looks like any other traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan. Slippers are neatly lined up at the foyer, where guests remove their shoes. Tatami rooms are furnished with low tables and floor cushions for sitting. What sets this ryokan apart is that the slippers, tables and cushions are rigged with a special version of Nissan’s ProPILOT Park autonomous parking technology. When not in use, they automatically return to their designated spots at the push of a button.


First introduced in the all-new Nissan LEAF in Japan in October 2017, ProPILOT Park detects surrounding objects and lets drivers automatically park the vehicle in a selected parking space by pressing a button. The same technology is being used in the amenities at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan during a demonstration to entertain guests and reduce staff workload.

So in brief, it is a very nice & innovative way that Nissan introduced a different type of testing to understand how people react to the Autonomous concept and to enhance adoption faster.