Amazon Dash Carts Further Vision of Cashier-less, Card-Free Shopping

Amazon Dash Carts Further Vision of Cashier-less, Card-Free Shopping

July 30, 2020

Amazon is launching shopping carts that track items as shoppers add them, and then calculate the cost and charge without the need to interact with a cashier or checkout lane of any kind. 

According to reporting on CNBC.com, the carts are equipped with cameras that use computer vision to identify items as they’re placed the cart, and sensors and a built-in scale to weigh items if needed. Shoppers sign into the process using a QR code in the Amazon app.

Users will also need an Amazon account and a smartphone to use Dash Cart and are automatically charged using a card on file at the end of the process.

The Dash Cart builds on other Amazon initiatives to remove checkout interaction in shopping.  Amazon Go stores, which are cashier-less convenience markets, have been open in some cities around the U.S. since 2018 and allow customers buy items without interacting with a human.

The Dash Carts will debut at Amazon’s new Los Angeles-area grocery stores, which are planned for opening later this year.

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