Inspired by Upcoming Tech for All-New Nissan Skyline–Nissan’s Golf Ball Concept

Ruben Manahan IV

Your drives and putts on the golf course would soon be perfect after Nissan revealed its latest concept, the Nissan ProPilot golf ball.

Inspired by Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 driver assistance technology, which will debut on the all-new Nissan Skyline next month in Japan, the concept is designed for on-ramp to off-ramp (ramp-to-ramp) highway driving.

The ProPilot 2.0 engages with the vehicle’s navigation system to help maneuver the car according to a predefined route on designated roadways.

The system is the first in the world to combine this with hands-off driving capability while cruising in a single lane. Nissan clarified that the hands-off feature is not available on roads that have two-way traffic, in tunnels, on winding roads, in tollgate areas, merging lanes, or areas with a decreasing number of lanes, and in areas where manual control is required. When entering a road section where hands-off driving is not available, the system will alert the driver in advance so the driver can take manual control of steering.

Similar to the Skyline’s ProPilot 2.0 advanced technology, the ProPilot golf ball supports golfers by following a predefined route to its goal. Players can feel confident that they will reach their target effortlessly on each putt. Using technology influenced by Nissan Intelligent Mobility–the company’s vision for how cars are powered, driven, and integrated into society–the ball navigates its way across the green and into the cup on the first putt, providing a stress-free golf experience.

An overhead camera detects the position of the ball and cup. When the ball is hit, a monitoring system calculates the correct route based on the ball’s movement and adjusts its trajectory.

Combining sensing technology with an internal electric motor, the ProPilot golf ball stays on route until reaching the cup–making even novice golfers, of all ages, feel like pros.

Nissan’s ProPilot golf ball is the latest in a series of concepts inspired by Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies. Previous examples include the Intelligent Parking Chair, the ProPilot Chair, and the ProPilot Park Ryokan (featuring self-parking slippers).

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