Going to the shops is always going to feel like a chore. But what if the shops could come to you? It almost sounds too good to be true but the Moby Mart does exactly that. The portable convenience store turns up autonomously to potentially any parking space on the planet. And it’s being tested now.
Moby Mart is an autonomous, staff-less, mobile store, which turns every parking space in the world into a potential new 24-hour store. The idea is that the portable convenience store will offer those immediately needed products. We’re talking milk, lunch, or even over-the-counter medicine. Just enter the store, take what you need, and leave.
The Moby Mart was built by Wheely’s Inc in collaboration with the Hefei University in China, alongside Himalafy, a company providing technology for unstaffed retail solutions. “In the coming decades, retail as we know it will disappear. Stores will become powered by apps, they will become accessible 24/7, and they will become mobile,” according to Per Cromwell of Wheely’s.
While Moby Mart will only regularly stock amenities, the idea is also that more niche products such as ‘computers and light bulbs’ can be ordered in advance picked up at your nearest Moby Mart.
The ‘vehicles’ themselves run on electricity and are equipped with solar panels to keep things environmentally friendly. They also come with an Integrated Air purifier, so not only Moby Mart does not pollute, it also cleans up. It’s so green in fact, that the makers are calling Moby ‘the most environmentally friendly store on the market.’
By using AI and the famous cloud, as well as looking like something from Blade Runner, you might be forgiven for thinking the Moby Mart is one of those loony concepts. But you couldn’t be more wrong. The Moby Mart is currently being Beta Tested in Shanghai and was launched to selected media a few weeks ago.
The concept itself isn’t actually too radical either. Portable libraries and banks are regularly used in more rural areas. And when self-driving cars finally land, we can’t see any reason Moby can’t seriously be the future. Head over to the Moby Mart Website for more details.
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