Nissan develops self-driving chairs because waiting in line is much too difficult

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Nissan has repurposed the technology from self-driving cars in a surprising way.

The company has created an autonomous seat called the ProPILOT Chair which allows people to be seated while waiting in line and moves them up as customers are called.

As a press release states, the chair "detects and automatically follows the chair ahead of it, maintaining a fixed distance and traveling along a set path."

A video of the chair in action shows several people waiting in a seated line for a restaurant; when one or more of them gets up to go inside, the empty chairs shift over to the end of the queue on their own.

The footage also reveals some of the technology involved, such as a weight sensor in the base which communicates when a person has stood up and sensors that tell the chair where to go.

Nissan is offering different restaurants the opportunity to help test out the chair in 2017, with establishments being encouraged to tweet their interest.

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Nissan Motor Co. General Manager Tetsuya Iijima gets his hands off of the steering wheel of a self-driving prototype vehicle during a test drive in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Nissan's "intelligent driving" feature is smart enough to navigate intersections without lane markers. It also brakes safely to a stop without crashing into the vehicle in front, and it knows the difference between a red light and a tail-lamp. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Nissan Motor Co. General Manager Tetsuya Iijima gets his hands off of the steering wheel of a self-driving prototype vehicle during a test drive in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Nissan's "intelligent driving" feature is smart enough to navigate intersections without lane markers. It also brakes safely to a stop without crashing into the vehicle in front, and it knows the difference between a red light and a tail-lamp. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Nissan Motor Co. General Manager Tetsuya Iijima gets his hands off of the steering wheel of a self-driving prototype vehicle during a test drive in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Nissan's "intelligent driving" feature is smart enough to navigate intersections without lane markers. It also brakes safely to a stop without crashing into the vehicle in front, and it knows the difference between a red light and a tail-lamp. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Nissan Motor Co. General Manager Tetsuya Iijima gets on a self-driving prototype vehicle for a test drive in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Nissan's "intelligent driving" feature is smart enough to navigate intersections without lane markers. It also brakes safely to a stop without crashing into the vehicle in front, and it knows the difference between a red light and a tail-lamp. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
The dashboard panel of Nissan's automated driving test vehicle shows the test vehicle detecting other car during a test drive in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Nissan Motor Co.'s "intelligent driving" feature is smart enough to navigate intersections without lane markers. It also brakes safely to a stop without crashing into the vehicle in front, and it knows the difference between a red light and a tail-lamp. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Nissan Motor Co. General Manager Tetsuya Iijima gets his hands off of the steering wheel of a self-driving prototype vehicle during a test drive in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Nissan's "intelligent driving" feature is smart enough to navigate intersections without lane markers. It also brakes safely to a stop without crashing into the vehicle in front, and it knows the difference between a red light and a tail-lamp. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Nissan Motor Co. General Manager Tetsuya Iijima gets his hands off of the steering wheel of a self-driving prototype vehicle during a test drive in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Nissan's "intelligent driving" feature is smart enough to navigate intersections without lane markers. It also brakes safely to a stop without crashing into the vehicle in front, and it knows the difference between a red light and a tail-lamp. AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Nissan Motor Co. General Manager Tetsuya Iijima gets his hands off of the steering wheel of a self-driving prototype vehicle during a test drive in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Nissan's "intelligent driving" feature is smart enough to navigate intersections without lane markers. It also brakes safely to a stop without crashing into the vehicle in front, and it knows the difference between a red light and a tail-lamp. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Nissan General Manager Tetsuya Iijima explains a self-driving prototype vehicle after its test drive in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Nissan's "intelligent driving" feature is smart enough to navigate intersections without lane markers. It also brakes safely to a stop without crashing into the vehicle in front, and it knows the difference between a red light and a tail-lamp. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Nissan Motor Co. General Manager Tetsuya Iijima explains a self-driving prototype vehicle after its test drive in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Nissan's "intelligent driving" feature is smart enough to navigate intersections without lane markers. It also brakes safely to a stop without crashing into the vehicle in front, and it knows the difference between a red light and a tail-lamp. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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