Walmart Placed a Patent on Autonomous Retail Shopping Carts

 - Feb 17, 2017
References: appft.uspto.gov & businessinsider
Walmart recently placed a patent for Shopping Facility Assistance Systems, which includes self-driving retail shopping carts that have the potential to enhance the convenience of shopping at its stores. In the patent, Walmart illustrates its "motorized transport units," which could be used to support staff in keeping aisles clean and even play a role in loss prevention.

Since shopping carts are not a part of online shopping, these self-driving shopping carts have the potential to bring brick-and-mortar shopping closer to simulating streamlined e-commerce experiences.

There are a few other retailers that have experimented with smart grocery carts that help to lead consumers through a store and assist them in identifying items on their shopping lists.