South Korean electronics company LG is developing a smart shopping cart that will follow shoppers around in supermarkets, according to the Yonhap News Agency.
The electronics leader has formed a new partnership with E-Mart, the largest supermarket operator in South Korea, to build self-driving shopping carts that can make it easier for shoppers — particularly elderly ones — to navigate, while also potentially setting the stage for shopping automation in grocery stores.
LG’s cart will feature self-propulsion mechanisms and cameras that will provide data for routing and guidance. It will be designed primarily to follow the shopper around as they move through the store.
The robotic carts will also include barcode scanners to give pricing information, a screen that can display a shopping list, and it will be programmed with a map of where items are located within the store, which will allow it to lead shoppers to products after they enter a query into a companion smartphone app.
By developing robotic systems for grocery stores, LG is setting the stage for two ways that it can expand the role of electronics and appliance companies in omnichannel shopping and grocery delivery:
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