Some golfers are naturally gifted at playing the sport, while others put in an exorbitant amount of time practicing to better their technique. Perfecting the game typically requires a lot of patience, but Nissan has programmed a golf ball for those who simply want to be great by default. Talk about a hole-in-one.
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Nissan, the Japanese automobile manufacturer, has begun to branch out from vehicles by creating programmed golf balls that will put themselves in the hole every time. The ProPilot 2 is driver-assisted technology that will be implemented into their vehicles in the near future.
Essentially, the ProPilot 2 acts as a hands-free autopilot system that resembles the Tesla auto-drive feature, Mashable reported. The technology was put on full display after it was put into a golf ball.
According to Nissan’s website, “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.”
The manufacturer released a video on YouTube that showed even a toddler could make a fair distance putt. Here’s how it works. The ball has a small electrical motor that pushes it in a certain direction if you originally miss your putt.
In addition, the engineers create a path for the ball to follow. If the ball alters off the path, it will recorrect itself and find its way to its pre-determined destination, the Daily Mail reported.
For use in a vehicle, the technology uses GPS to travel to a destination and can take certain preferred paths, even taking into account the least amount of traffic.
Don’t worry golf enthusiasts, this will not put a hamper on your friendly wagers with friends while playing 18 holes. Nissan has stated they do not plan to actually sell the balls to consumers. This is simply a unique way to show off this new state-of-the-art technology.
Anyone in Japan can personally see a test version of the golf ball at the company’s headquarters until September 1.