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LG reveals self-driving shopping cart that can follow customers around as they browse stores

LG’s rolling robots could soon arrive at the largest supermarket chain in South Korea

The tech giant has inked a deal with grocery retailer E-Mart to develop self-driving shopping carts that can follow consumers around the store, according to Yonhap News

The device will be developed under LG’s CLOi brand, which has released other robots for the home, hotels and other uses. 

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LG has inked a deal with grocery retailer E-Mart to develop self-driving shopping carts that can follow consumers around the store, help direct them to items and keep track of shopping lists.

LG has inked a deal with grocery retailer E-Mart to develop self-driving shopping carts that can follow consumers around the store, help direct them to items and keep track of shopping lists.

LG has inked a deal with grocery retailer E-Mart to develop self-driving shopping carts that can follow consumers around the store, help direct them to items and keep track of shopping lists.

HOW WILL THE AUTONOMOUS  CARTS WORK? 

LG’s cylindrical robot features a face-like screen where it can display users’ shopping list.

It also has a barcode scanner to show prices. 

Self-driving software enables it to direct users to a particular item they’re in search of. 

Additionally, the device can drive itself, freeing users from having to push a cart around the store as they browse.

LG hopes the technology, which it refers to as a ‘smart-cart robot,’ will free shoppers from the usual hassle of having to push their grocery cart around as they peruse the aisles. 

‘The LG CLOi CartBot eliminates the worst part of grocery shopping: standing in lines,’ LG explained.

‘This shopping companion and trolley has a built-in bar code scanner that rings you up as you shop.

‘When you’re ready to check out, the automated payment service takes care of the bill. No lines, no drama,’ the firm added. 

The firm first teased the device at the CES tech conference last year, when it took the wraps off its Shopping Cart Robot, Serving Robot and Porter Robot. 

At CES, LG noted that the smart-cart robot features a barcode scanner. 

This enables the robot to check prices and display users’ shopping list on a built-in display. 

What’s more, the self-driving cart can help direct shoppers to a particular item they’re in search of. 

Users can also make requests through LG’s own app.   

‘With the help of LG’s Shopping Cart Robot, customers can scan items using a barcode reader on the robot to view product prices and see their complete shopping list on the face display,’ LG explained.  

LG noted that the smart-cart robot features a barcode scanner. This enables the robot, which it refers to as a 'smart-cart robot,' to check prices and display users' shopping list on a screen

LG noted that the smart-cart robot features a barcode scanner. This enables the robot, which it refers to as a 'smart-cart robot,' to check prices and display users' shopping list on a screen

LG noted that the smart-cart robot features a barcode scanner. This enables the robot, which it refers to as a ‘smart-cart robot,’ to check prices and display users’ shopping list on a screen

The robot also also has a barcode scanner to show prices of items as shoppers place them in its basket

The robot also also has a barcode scanner to show prices of items as shoppers place them in its basket

The robot also also has a barcode scanner to show prices of items as shoppers place them in its basket

‘The robot can also guide shoppers to the products they select on a smartphone app.’

It’s not yet clear when LG’s automated carts will hit E-Mart stores or how they’ll get around the store.

LG unveiled prototype designs at CES that feature a cylindrical robot with a face-like screen that displays prompts and other helpful information. 

LG's robots could soon arrive at the largest supermarket chain in South Korea. The firm inked a deal with grocery retailer E-Mart to develop self-driving shopping carts that follow shoppers

LG's robots could soon arrive at the largest supermarket chain in South Korea. The firm inked a deal with grocery retailer E-Mart to develop self-driving shopping carts that follow shoppers

LG’s robots could soon arrive at the largest supermarket chain in South Korea. The firm inked a deal with grocery retailer E-Mart to develop self-driving shopping carts that follow shoppers

LG unveiled prototype designs at CES that feature a cylindrical robot with a face-like screen that displays prompts and other helpful information. It has also debuted a robot exo-skeleton

LG unveiled prototype designs at CES that feature a cylindrical robot with a face-like screen that displays prompts and other helpful information. It has also debuted a robot exo-skeleton

LG unveiled prototype designs at CES that feature a cylindrical robot with a face-like screen that displays prompts and other helpful information. It has also debuted a robot exo-skeleton

Along with its rolling robots, LG has also developed an exo-skeleton robot that’s meant to help enhance leg movements to help warehouse workers lift heavy objects.

Dubbed CLOi SuitBot, the AI-powered robotic suit boosts the leg movements of its wearer, letting them undertake tasks they normally wouldn’t be equipped to handle. 

The CLOi SuitBot can communicate with other service robots built by LG to become part of a ‘smart working network’ to co-ordinate around the factory floor. 

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