As marketing gimmicks go, I’ll take self-driving slippers over flamethrowers any day. Nissan recently developed a system for slippers to “park” themselves at the entrance of a traditional Japanese inn at the push of a button, in a bid to both delight travelers and market its semi-autonomous ProPilot driving technology.

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Each slipper is equipped with two tiny wheels, a motor, and sensors to “drive” across the wooden lobby floor using Nissan’s ProPilot Park technology. The car giant also built the system into the hotel’s tables and floor pillows, so guests are treated to the not-at-all-creepy sight of autonomous footwear and furniture scuttling across the floor. No word on whether they work while being worn (I doubt it), and if so whether they would operate like some advance, robotic version of those roller shoes kids used to wear.

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