Chances are, if you really hate sitting in traffic jams, you really, really hate standing in lines at places such as restaurants. Now, Nissan has technology to tackle the tedium of both.
Enter the ProPilot Chair, a self-guiding seat that automatically moves you, like a plate of conveyor-belt sushi, to the front of the line while you wait for your table.
Nissan Motor Co. says the "user-friendly" chairs eliminate the "tedium and physical strain of standing in line."
The idea takes its name from the ProPilot semiautonomous driving technology the Japanese automaker introduced this year in Japan and eventually will bring to the U.S.
In cars, ProPilot keeps the Nissan vehicle a safe distance from the cars ahead, automatically adjusting its speed and steering it around curves, to help drivers navigate brain-numbing stop-and-go congestion.
In furniture, ProPilot provides a comfortable perch with a twist.
It is common in Japan for restaurants to have a row of chairs to accommodate queued-up patrons. With the ProPilot chair, you needn't stand up and move over when the next chair opens. Instead, the ProPilot Chair shuffles you along until you reach the front, and the empty chair then returns by itself to the end of the line.
Nissan previously demonstrated a similar technology in its Intelligent Parking Chair, which parks itself back at the table after a meeting is through.
Nissan, which aims to market fully autonomous vehicles by 2020, said both technologies are designed to "bring the benefits of its Intelligent Mobility blueprint to the daily lives of customers." Nissan aims to deploy its ProPilot Chairs to restaurants in Japan next year.