Amazon.com introduced technology that will allow shoppers grab the products without the need to scan and pay for them by cash (Video).
The company is testing the new system at what calls an Amazon Go store in near it's Seattle office, which will open to the public early next year. Customers will need an Amazon account, a supported smartphone, and the free Amazon Go app. Then the technology will track what items they pick up or even return to the shelves and add them to a virtual shopping cart in real time. The checkout-free shopping experience is made possible by the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning. Once the customers leave the store, they’ll be charged on their Amazon account shortly.
Amazon employees are testing out the 1,800-square-foot store on the company’s campus, where they can buy ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options as well as grocery essentials from bread and milk to artisanal cheeses and locally made chocolates.