Amazon wants to build 1000s of grocery stores with no lines, registers, or cashiers


Amazon has unveiled the plans for their grocery store of the future: a place with no lines, cashiers, or cash registers.

The store, called Amazon Go, is nothing like Stater Bros., Trader Joe’s, or Walmart, rather to shop there, you must use an app.  You also will never have to wait in line – which, if you are like me, will be great since I never fail to get in the slowest line at the store.

Here is how Amazon explains that it will work:

Our 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. Our Just Walk Out technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When you’re done shopping, you can just leave the store. Shortly after, we’ll charge your Amazon account and send you a receipt

Amazon Go stores will sell grocery essentials like bread and milk as well as artisan cheeses, and chef-designed Amazon Meal Kits, with all the ingredients you need to make a meal for two in about 30 minutes.

The stores will be about 1,800 square feet and Amazon internal plans show it could build 2,000 grocery stores across the US in the next decade, according to Business Insider.  The first is set to open in Seattle next year.

Here’s a video on how it is all supposed to work:

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