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Nissan’s Self-Driving Chairs bring queueing into the 21st Century

  • 28
  • 09
  • 2016

It’s a Brit’s dream: a world of endless queueing, without any of the back pain.

Yes, folks – sit down a moment whilst we break the news that clever innovators in Japan have found a way to make your life that little bit more comfortable, with the invention of self-driving chairs.

It’s all part of car manufacturer Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, aimed at creating a new generation of smart, motorised and emission-free vehicles, focussed on “performance, comfort and safety, removing the stress from a daily commute or minimising the risk of unsafe conditions”.

How does it work?


Each chair is fitted with cameras that sense the position of the chair in front, and automatically move up a space as that chair changes position.

When someone gets up, their chair makes its way back to the start to keep everybody moving in the correct order.

Who will it benefit?


Nissan have identified busy restaurants as potential beneficiaries of the ProPILOT chairs, and have already started trials across Japan.

Videos have already emerged of punters happily parking their weary legs on the units as they effortlessly glide their way to the front of the queue.

And if that’s not worth queueing for, we don’t know what is.

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