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Nissan designs golf ball to help sink a 60-foot putt

For struggling golfers out there, take heart: Nissan has an autonomous golf ball that will let you sink that 60-foot putt every time, according to Golf.com.

How it works: Like Nissan's ProPilot 2.0 driver-assist system that will debut next month in the new Skyline, the ProPilot ball “supports golfers by following a predefined route to its goal.”

  • A drone-mounted camera detects the position of the ball and cup.
  • When the ball is hit, an internal monitoring system plans a route to the hole and adjusts its trajectory.
  • A tiny electric motor, along with wireless transmitters and other sensors, helps the ProPilot golf ball find the hole, Nissan says. 

Yes, but: Nissan has no more intention of selling autonomous golf balls than it does a self-parking chair or slippers that put themselves away autonomously (2 innovations previously demonstrated).

Go deeper: Nissan is the leader in self-driving technology — for golf balls (Forbes)