Have you been in a store where a runaway shopping cart is heading your way, either due to human error or just a child rolling around on one? You won’t have to worry about it hitting you with Ford’s Self-Braking Trolley, which is inspired by the automaker’s Pre-Collision Assist technology that uses a forward-facing camera and radar in order to detect objects. This trolley scans ahead for people and objects, like cars, and automatically applies the brakes in emergency situations. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
“In case you’re hoping to see something like this soon in your local supermarket, it would be wise not to hold your breath, as this is only a prototype for the time being – and part of a series of Ford inventions where automotive expertise is being applied in order to solve day-to-day problems. Would it really come in handy though if it is ever put into production? If you’re a parent, we wouldn’t be surprised if you said ‘yes’,” according to Car Scoops.