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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wal-Mart Tests Robotic Shopping Carts

In Bloomberg.  This is different from the 'smart cart' idea heavily prototyped previously.  Now including  self powering and navigating features.   Previously self-driving shopping carts were not mentioned.

" ... Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is working with a robotics company to develop a shopping cart that helps customers find items on their lists and saves them from pushing a heavy cart through a sprawling store and parking lot, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Such carts are an emerging opportunity for robotics companies as brick-and-mortar stores look for innovative ways to match the convenience of Amazon.com Inc. and other online retailers, said Wendy Roberts, founder and chief executive officer of Five Elements Robotics. ... " 

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