Saturday, January 27, 2018

This Traditional Japanese Inn Fixes Your Mess


Staying at a ryokan is the best way to experience traditional Japanese hospitality. Typically featuring tatami (woodened board) floors and communal baths, guests sleep on futons spread out on the floor. But Nissan is giving one ryokan the modern twist by adding a dash of their ProPILOT Park technology.

At first glance, the ProPILOT Park Ryokan looks like any other traditional ryokan. But 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.

First introduced in the all-new Nissan Leaf in Japan last October, 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.

One lucky pair of Nissan enthusiasts will also get a chance to win a free night’s stay at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan in Hakone, Japan. For a chance to win, contestants may simply post on Twitter why they want to stay at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan using the hashtags #PPPRyokan and #wanttostay between today to February 10, 2018.

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