A Japanese Ryokan Powered by Nissan’s Autonomous Driving Technology

In a bid to promote their autonomous driving technology, Nissan has launched a temporary pilot program in which they are deploying their autonomous driving technology (dubbed “ProPILOT”) into a Japanese ryokan in Hakone, a popular resort town just 1 hour from Tokyo.

For a short time this coming March, the almost 400-year old Ichinoyu resort will transform into an autonomous robotic wonderland. Slippers, tables and cushions, all rigged with a special version of Nissan’s autonomous parking technology that enables them to sense the objects around them, will tidy themselves up and return to their original position, all on their own. Watch the video above to see it in action.

The campaign is clever, and kudos to Nissan for experimenting with their technology and how it can be applied to other industries. However, only 1 couple will be invited for 1 night only (March 24th). And to win that lottery you’ll have to follow @NissanJP on twitter and tweet something with the hashtag “#PPP旅館 #wanttostay” between now and February 10. You’ll also have to be residing in Japan to qualify. The winner will get a free stay and meal but transportation is up to you. If you’re interested, you can learn more here.

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  1. Shouldn’t they send an autonomous car to pick you up?

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