Walmart’s plans to build a driverless shopping trolley appear to have taken a step forward after the supermarket chain lodged a patent application for the technology.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the intelligent trolleys will enable users to scan an item from their shopping list and then be guided to the right aisle and shelf by the trolley.
Reports suggested that a prototype was already in development that advanced on the firm’s existing items scanning technology – with customers already able to scan and buy items from their smartphone.
The patent application, which was filed on September 8, makes reference to a “system, apparatuses and method for bringing a shopping container to a customer in a shopping space”, and also mentioned sensors as well as “motorised transport units and a control circuit”.
It has been suggested that part of Walmart’s aim with the trolleys is to replicate the experience of online shopping offered Amazon, but in the real world.