Walmart Is Developing Self-Driving Shopping Carts

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (CBS4) – Walmart is working on self-driving shopping carts.

Sounds like something out of “Back to the Future,” right? But CBS Boston reports that the retailer has filed a patent for carts with motors and video cameras.

The filed patent states that the configured circuit would “receive a shopping container request from a user interface device associated with the customer,” meaning that customers would, apparently,¬†hail the carts much like an Uber, possibly with a smartphone app.

Walmart has not yet announced when the self-driving carts may appear in stores.

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