Nissan unveils autonomous robot to create soccer fields
Nissan has unveiled an autonomous robot that can draw soccer fields wherever there is space at the UEFA Champion's League Final Kyiv 2018.
Named Pitch-R, the robot is inspired by Nissan's advanced ProPILOT driver-assistance technology. The Pitch-R robot features a four-camera vision system, GPS location tracking, and collision avoidance systems. It can draw white lines on grass, tarmac, or gravel with eco-friendly dissolvable paint.
Pitch-R is powered by a rechargeable battery pack. Once activated, it moves autonomously to analyze its surroundings in real time and quickly scan to find a suitable space. The robot can operate on uneven surfaces, and it can navigate around obstacles.
Pitch-R can create fields for five-a-side, seven-a-side, or 11-a-side teams. The whole process can take less than 20 minutes. The result is a perfect, professional-standard soccer field, according to Nissan
Pitch-R is the first in a series of advanced prototypes being developed using Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies. Further developments will be unveiled during next season's UEFA Champions League competition.
"The UEFA Champions League features the best footballers in the world," said Roel De Vries, Nissan's Corporate Vice President for Marketing and Brand Strategy. "But all those star players started out like every kid—using jumpers for goalposts and chalk to mark lines wherever they could find open space to play the game they love."
Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Nissan Europe's Vice President for Marketing, added, "That's the passion which drove our design and engineering team to create Pitch-R. It injects the best of Nissan technology into an innovation which can benefit grassroots football and excite and engage young fans."