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Walmart Creates a Shopping Cart of the Future

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Shopping carts just like these ones may be transformed in the near future.

Shopping carts just like these ones may be transformed in the near future.

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Shopping carts just like these ones may be transformed in the near future.

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It’s time to not only hand over your keys, but your groceries as well. Walmart has begun to develop self-driving shopping carts that will drive themselves from waiting customers to the cart collection area and back again. “Forget self-driving cars, Walmart wants to create self-driving shopping carts!” said CNNMoney about the new invention. However, it’s not as much the carts that drive themselves as it is the cylindrical robots under them. “The Roomba-like device, seen under the cart, would slide into position and pull the cart.” -U.S. Patent Office. Walmart recently gained a patent for these camera and sensor-wielding robots that will be able to take a cart to a customer with a click of their smartphone. The system is set to use audio beacons or LEDs in the ceiling to locate and bring the shopping carts to the customers who had summoned them.

With all the extra time saved by the carts moving themselves around, customers and employees will have the opportunity to be much more productive than before. Employees can focus on more important tasks than dragging carts out to the parking lot, and customers will be able to buy what they need and leave without having to run around searching for a shopping cart or a cart collection area. And if technology advances enough in the near future, the self-driving carts will save customers even more time by locating the desired item for them.

It is unknown when and where these robotic cart-movers will first be put into action. Perhaps these shopping carts will stay in production long enough that enough technology is produced to make shopping even easier.

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