Amazon has announced a new version of its smart basket. The new dashboard can carry more groceries and includes new features. Amazon says the latest version can carry four bags of groceries, down from two previously, and has dedicated shelves for delicate and oversized items. The latest version is also weatherproof, so you can take it in your car.
As before, the cart will automatically weigh produce and keep a real-time count of all the food you buy. Amazon tweaked the software on the touchscreen to display images of nearby fresh fruits and produce. The company’s software will now also do a better job of tracking where the cart is in stores and notifying you of deals. Finally, the latest version has a bigger battery, which should translate to the new Dash Cart being available to customers more frequently.
Speaking of availability, Amazon is finally bringing the Dash Cart to , starting with the chain’s location in Westford, Mass., and expanding to “a few more stores” in the coming months. Previously, Dash Carts were only available at company stores. of which there are currently only about 20 locations in the United States.
Once the Dash Carts arrive at your local Whole Foods, you can start using them by scanning the QR code you find on each one in the Amazon or Whole Foods Market apps. When you find items you want to buy, you scan them with one of the cameras near the handlebars of the cart. Once your purchases are complete, you exit the store through the dedicated Dash Cart lane. Amazon will automatically charge the credit card associated with your account and you will receive an email receipt after leaving the store.