Amazon's Smart Shopping Carts Receive An Update

Amazon's Dash Carts, the smart shopping carts which incorporate checkout technology, have received an upgrade and roll out in Whole Foods Market Stores in the US.

The new versions of the carts, originally rolled out in 2020, have twice the capacity as well as the ability to roll out to customers' cars. The latest smart cart introduction comes soon after the global retail brand's Just Walk Out technology at its own Amazon Fresh stores. Carts now also include a delicates shelf as well as a lower shelf for oversized items.

To start, shoppers scan in with a QR code through the Amazon or Whole Foods Market app, then scan items using one of the cameras located near the cart's handle, creating a running total of the items selected as they shop. The cart's computer vision algorithms and sensor fusion technology help recognise each item as it's scanned in or removed from the cart. Once finished, shoppers simply exit through the Dash Cart lane at which point payment is taken from the card registered on file automatically.

Find out more about Amazon's Dash Carts here.