Enough about self-driving cars. How about self-parking slippers?

Sometimes, the best way to explain to people how new technology works is to demonstrate it in action. And when it comes to autonomous driving technology, Nissan has come up with an unusual but effective way to do just that.

The carmaker has launched a ryokan – a traditional Japanese inn – in Hakone, Japan, where the guest slippers, tables and cushions have all been rigged with a special version of its ProPILOT Park autonomous parking technology.

When they aren’t being used, the slippers and furniture automatically return to their designated positions at the push of a button.

The company says that the demonstration at the inn, branded as the ‘ProPILOT Park Ryokan’, is designed to entertain guests and reduce staff workload.

Travellers fascinated by the idea of kicking off their shoes and watching as they tidy themselves away can enter a competition to win a free night’s stay at the ryokan.

But if you can’t make it to Japan, have a look at the video below to see just how useful a self-tidying home might be. 


The carmaker’s ProPILOT Park technology was first introduced in the new Nissan LEAF in Japan last year, and allows drivers to park the vehicle in a selected space at the touch of a button.