If you wish to experience traditional Japanese hospitality with a techy twist, one Japanese hotel is treating its guests to some unusual amenities: self-parking slippers, tables and floor cushions.
The ProPILOT Park Ryokan hotel, located in Hakone, Japan, has combined traditional hospitality with Nissan’s autonomous driving technology.
At first glance, the ProPILOT Park Ryokan looks like any other traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan. Slippers are neatly lined up at the foyer, where guests remove their shoes. Tatami rooms are furnished with low tables and floor cushions for sitting.
What sets this ryokan apart is that the slippers, tables and cushions are rigged with a special version of Nissan’s ProPILOT Park autonomous parking technology.
When not in use, they automatically return to their designated spots at the push of a button.
How it works
First introduced in the all-new Nissan LEAF in Japan in October 2017, ProPILOT Park detects surrounding objects and lets drivers automatically park the vehicle in a selected parking space by pressing a button.
The same technology is being used in the amenities at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan during a demonstration to entertain guests and reduce staff workload.
ProPILOT Park is a fully-fledged system that helps drivers park by automatically controlling acceleration, brakes, handling, shift changing and parking brakes to guide the car into a parking spot.
By combining advanced image processing technology using four high-resolution cameras and information from 12 ultrasonic sensors around the car, ProPILOT Park guides the car into a space safely and accurate
ProPILOT Park uses four high-resolution cameras capable of real-time image processing and 12 sonar sensors placed around the vehicle to assess the vehicle’s surroundings. After processing the collected information, the system can then safely park the vehicle by controlling the accelerator, brakes, steering and transmission.
Nissan will offer a free night at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan for one lucky pair of travelers. For a chance to win, contestants must post on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtags #PPPRyokan and #wanttostay between Jan. 25 and Feb. 10.