In these heady days of digital disruption, you never know what odd-ball invention is lurking around the corner. Self-driving slippers? Check. Cat-shaped car vending machines? You betcha. A “snap together”, modular, autonomous vehicle? Why not?
Yes, these amazing oddities are real. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Car vending machine captivates China
Count me as one of the skeptical when I first heard the news that Alibaba launched a car vending machine. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. And hey, if there’s room for a caviar vending machine, why not one for cars? Alibaba’s ultimate goal is to make buying a car as simple as buying a can of Coke, and it plans to open dozens of additional outlets across China this year. While car vending machines aren’t a new concept, Alibaba’s interpretation (as portrayed below) could set a new standard.
Smart slippers: Nissan extends self-parking technology
Leave it to car giant Nissan to create a system for slippers to “park” themselves at the push of a button. At Japan’s ProPILOT Park Ryokan Inn, slippers are equipped with two tiny wheels, a motor, and sensors to “drive” across the wooden lobby floor using Nissan’s ProPilot Park technology. This self-driving system is also rigged into the hotel’s tables and floor pillows. When not in use, they automatically return to their designated spots at the push of a button. Nissan says the technology entertains guests and reduces staff workload.
Rinspeed Snap turns heads at Consumer Electronics Show
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a new concept car, Rinspeed Snap, turned many heads. Is it a giant skateboard? A pod? A wild, self-driving ecosystem? It’s all of these things and more. Watch the video below and then download the report, “Rinspeed Snap and the Future of Mobility.”
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