Nissan scores with Pitch-R robot at UEFA Champions League final Kiev 2018

Inspired by the innovative ProPILOT driver assistance system, the robot uses autonomous driving technology to create soccer fields wherever there’s space.

Kiev, Ukraine (27 May, 2018) – Nissan has unveiled an autonomous robot, which can draw soccer fields wherever there is space, at the 2018 UEFA Champion's League final in Kiev.

Named Pitch-R, the robot is inspired by Nissan's advanced ProPILOT driver assistance technology. 

ProPILOT is available on the 100 per cent 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 analyse its surroundings in real time and quickly scans to find a suitable space. Uneven surfaces do not present a problem for Pitch-R, 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 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.

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. Watch for further developments 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."

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

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