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Robotics Research
Posted on June 11, 2018

Nissan scores with Pitch-R robot

Nissan has unveiled an autonomous robot, which can draw football pitches 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. ProPILOT is available on the 100% electric new Nissan LEAF and on the Nissan Qashqai, Europe's best-selling crossover. The system is a key part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's vision for changing how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
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. Uneven surfaces do not present a problem for Pitch-R, and it can navigate around obstacles and it can create pitches 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 football pitch that would pass a UEFA inspection if Liverpool F.C. and Real Madrid C.F. were to turn up. But it's also ideal for amateurs looking to show off their skills on the weekend or after work. For more information see the IDTechEx report on new robotics.
Nissan created Pitch-R to excite and engage with grassroots fans. It's the first in a series of advanced prototypes being developed using Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies.
"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."
Source and top image: Nissan
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