A shopping trolley that can break automatically has been developed, in an effort to prevent supermarket chaos.
Ford is developing the prototype, which is fitted with sensors to spot people and objects ahead, similar to the technology used in many of its car models to detect other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
The prototype would be particularly helpful to parents who are trying to do the weekly shop, according to parenting expert Tanith Carey, author of What’s My Child Thinking? Practical Child Psychology For Modern Parents.
“Children love to copy adults and experiment with feeling more in control.
“When they push a trolley, to their minds, it’s like they are behind the wheels of a car – with long, wide supermarket aisles as their racetrack.”
Sadly, the self-breaking shopping trolley remains nothing more than a prototype currently. Ford has no plans to release the trolley to the public any time soon.