Robomart Pilots Self-Driving Supermarkets

Posted On: 2/13/2018

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SANTA CLARA, CA -- A startup called Robomart Inc. is building a fleet of on-demand, self-driving stores that it will license to retailers to power what it says will be the most affordable on-demand delivery services across the world.

Supermarkets lease the electric vehicles and the management technology. Consumers download an app and tap a button to request the closest Robomart. Once it arrives, they head outside, unlock the doors, and shop for the products they want. When they are done, they just close the doors and send it on its way. Robomart tracks what customers have taken using "grab and go, checkout-free technology" and charges them and sends a receipt.

The company said it has built its first prototype of the 14-ft. x 6-ft. supermarket-on-wheels at its contract manufacturer's facility in California and aims to deploy its first Robmarts in commercial pilots soon in the San Francisco Bay area. It will also provide wireless charging stations for its mobile stores.

The company is using Nvidia Corp.'s autonomous drive platform. It's in the process of getting its Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles in California.

Retailers will have access to Robomart's autonomous fleet-management system that manages orders, routing, restocking and telemetry. Although this system will be automated, they will have the ability to manually communicate with customers, store staff and law enforcement if required, and access real-time sales data and analytics.
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