Tokyo may be home to tens of thousands of great places to eat, yet many diners still have to wait patiently in line for a table at the most popular restaurants – until now.
Nissan, the Japanese carmaker, has adapted its autonomous technology to develop “self-driving” chairs that not only enable weary diners to take the weight off their feet, but to zip to the front of the queue without moving a muscle.
Its self-driving ProPilot chair can detect when the spot at the front of the queue is vacated, and automatically moves whoever is second in line to the head of the line.
The empty chair then rolls to the back of the queue and the remaining chairs, and their occupants, glide forward to fill the gap. Nissan uses similar technology in its Serena minivan, which went on sale in Japan in August.
The semi-autonomous vehicle maintains a safe distance from the vehicle in front and stays in the centre of its line, with no action required from the driver.