Ford Shows Self-Braking Shopping Carts

DETROIT, Mich.–Ford engineers have been having some fun as they test collision avoidance and autonomous driving technology, developing a self-braking shopping cart.

There is a relationship between shopping carts and vehicles. Who among us has not seen a cart rolling on its own as it heads toward a car or truck?

According to Ford, this uses it pre-collision assist feature, the shopping cart uses a sensor to scan ahead for people and objects, automatically applying the brakes when a potential collision is detected.

The Pre-Collison Assist technology uses a forward-facing camera and radar to detect vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists in the road, automatically applying the brakes if the driver does not respond to warnings.

Ford says its self-braking shopping cart is a prototype. If the cart could get self-driving tech too, and it should find itself abandon by the railroad tracks, maybe it could eventually find its way home?

In truth, the cart is more to exemplify and spotlight Ford’s technology. The life of a shopping cart at a mall, grocery store or strip mall is a rough and tumble one whether it has collision-avoidance technology or not.

Shopping carts that had expensive electronics to help direct customers around stores for the best deals have also gone out of fashion because of the loss rate for stores.

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David Kiley is Chief of Content for The BRAKE Report. Kiley is an award-winning business journalist and author, having covered the auto industry for USA Today, Businessweek, AOL/Huffington Post, as well as written articles for Automobile and Popular Mechanics.