The future of retail is here. Swedish company Wheelys has opened an autonomous, self-driving mobile store called the Moby Mart in Shanghai, China. It’s basically a grocery store that comes to you, instead of the other way around.
No more driving to the store and waiting in line to get what you want. Shoppers can locate the nearest Moby store using a smartphone app, walk in, scan the barcodes of the items they want to buy, and the store automatically completes the transaction with no cashier necessary.
The Moby Mart sells items for immediate consumption like milk, fruit, and medicine over the counter. More complicated things can be ordered in advance for pick up at the nearest store.
The solar-powered store uses AI and cloud technologies to keep track of stock levels. If items are running low, it will automatically return to a warehouse for restocking. Moby stores also come equipped with drones for delivering packages.
It sounds like something straight out of a science fiction movie—and it is—but the first Moby store is being beta tested by Wheelys on the Anfu Road in Shanghai. While it's designed to be driverless, self-driving cars are not yet legal and the store currently requires a human pilot.