Nissan pilots virtual showroom using Microsoft’s Kinect technology

nissankinectexperience 0 Nissan pilots virtual showroom using Microsofts Kinect technology

Nissan is testing out a Kinect-based showroom program which allows buyers to “get a feel” for the vehicle they’re interested in without having to ever physically touch the cars.

nissankinectexperience 0 Nissan pilots virtual showroom using Microsofts Kinect technology

Nissan is testing out a Kinect-based showroom program which allows buyers to “get a feel” for the vehicle they’re interested in without having to ever physically touch the cars.

By leveraging Microsoft’s Kinect technology, dealerships will be able to showcase cars that aren’t in-stock or currently still in production.  Currently, 16 Nissan dealerships in the U.S. are piloting the program, but unfortunately the only vehicle that’s available for inspection via the Kinect Experience kiosks is the Pathfinder.

According to Nissan, customers can inspect vehicles by stepping back and forth, leaning side to side, and use other motion and voice activated interface to closely observe every aspects of the vehicle.

Nissan showed off a demo of the Pathfinder Kinect Experience at the Chicago and New York Auto Shows earlier this year, and due to the positive responses Nissan decided to begin the pilot program. 

The Nissan Kinect Experience kiosk is currently only available at the dealerships.  Nissan says that if the pilot program is successful then the technology may be extended to 1,100 other dealerships, and may even become available to consumers at home.

"Nissan is one of the first automakers to use Kinect for Windows technology in its dealerships. We are committed to driving innovation not only in the design of our vehicles, but also in how we go to market," said Jon Brancheau, vice president of marketing of Nissan North America.

Source: Nissan

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