The UEFA Champions League Final in Kyiv marked Nissan’s fourth year as an official sponsor of the competition. The partnership has recently been extended into the next cycle 2018-2021. Nissan unveiled an autonomous robot at the UEFA Champion’s League Final in Kyiv, which can draw football pitches wherever there is space.
The robot named Pitch-R is inspired by Nissan’s advanced ProPILOT driver assistance technology. Which is available on the 100% electric New Nissan LEAF and Nissan Qashqai, Europe’s best-selling crossover. The ProPILOT is a key part of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility, their vision for changing how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
The Pitch-R robot has a four-camera vision system, GPS location tracking and collision avoidance systems. It is able to draw white lines onto grass, tarmac and gravel using eco-friendly dissolvable paint. Powered by a rechargeable battery pack. It moves autonomously analysing its surroundings to find a suitable space. Uneven surfaces present no a problem for Pitch-R, and it is able to navigate around obstacles.
Pitch-R has the ability to create pitches for five-a-side, seven-a-side or 11-a-side teams. Taking less than 20 minutes to complete the process. The final result is accomplished for professional-standard football pitches or ideal for amateurs looking for a game on the weekend or after work.
Nissan’s engagement with grassroots football includes support for programs helping young people not currently in education or training. The ambition is to harness the power of football to create a fairer society and brighten the futures of young people across Europe. The program is currently operating in both France and the U.K. through a partnership with the UEFA Foundation for Children and StreetFootballWorld.
Nissan created Pitch-R to engage with their grassroots fans and users. It’s the first planned 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.
Nissan inspired seven young people from two grassroots organizations – Sports Dans La Ville (France) and Street League (U.K.), providing them with the opportunity to attend the final and meet UEFA football players.
“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.”