Ford is a company that is known pretty much for their cars. The company has probably spent millions, if not billions, over the years investing into technology that could make its cars more appealing over the competition. However, these technologies don’t always have to be exclusive to cars.
The company has in the past explored some pretty far out ideas, like a kennel for dogs with noise-cancelling technology, so it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that their next invention comes in the form of a reimagining of the humble shopping cart that you can find at your supermarket.
What makes this trolley different from typical trollies is that it comes with self-braking technology. This is achieved by using Ford’s Pre-Collison Assist technology which comes in some of Ford’s cars. For those unfamiliar, this tech uses front-facing cameras and radar to detect objects in front of the car and will force the car to brake if the driver does not heed the warnings.
So by taking that tech and applying it to trollies, it will give parents some peace of mind when shopping at the supermarket, where they don’t have to worry about their kids taking the trollies and running into the back of their legs, into other people, or into the display shelves. We should note that this is merely a prototype and we doubt that we’ll start seeing supermarkets adopt them, but it is still a fun idea nonetheless.