Inspired by its ProPILOT driver assistance technology, Nissan has created an autonomous robot that is capable of drawing soccer fields wherever there is space. For those who you enjoy bola padang, this will probably attract your attention.

Called the Pitch-R, the robot features a four-camera vision system, GPS location tracking and collision avoidance systems. Armed with eco-friendly dissolvable pain, it can draw white lines on grass, tarmac or gravel, regardless if they are uneven surfaces. All you need to do is programme it to draw a field for either five-a-side, seven-a-side or 11-a-side teams, and the Pitch-R gets to work.

The robot moves autonomously to analyse its surroundings in real time and scans to find a suitable space before laying out the paint – a process that takes less than 20 minutes. According to Nissan, the result is a perfect, professional-standard soccer field that would pass a UEFA inspection, so the players using it should perform just as well too, if possible. Gone are the days where you need to use plastic bottles, bicycles and your slippers to mark out a playing field.

“The UEFA Champions League features the best footballers in the world. 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,” said Roel De Vries, corporate vice president for marketing and brand strategy at Nissan.

“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,” added Jean-Pierre Diernaz, vice president for marketing at Nissan Europe.