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Amazon introduces first queue-free physical grocery store

SEATTLE: Amazon.com Inc’s new bricks-and-mortar grocery store doesn’t have at least one thing that supermarkets have – queues at the checkout counter.

The online shopping giant’s new 1,800-square-foot (167 square meter) convenience store, Amazon Go, in Seattle uses sensors to detect what shoppers have picked off the shelf and bills it to their Amazon account if they don’t put it back.

This is how one can shop through Amazon grocery stores:

Apart from groceries such as bread and milk, the store also offers ready-to-eat breakfasts, lunches and dinners made fresh by on-site chefs and local kitchens and bakeries, Amazon said.

10px-spacerHow does Amazon Go 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.

Amazon’s 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 one is  done shopping, he or she can just leave the store.

Shortly after, Amazon will charge the customer’s account and send him/her a receipt.

All one needs is an Amazon account, a supported smartphone, and the free Amazon Go app.

10px-spacerAmazon Go is currently open to Amazon employees in Beta program, and will open to the public this year.

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