SHOPPING FACILITY ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD HAVING A MOTORIZED TRANSPORT UNIT THAT SELECTIVELY LEADS OR FOLLOWS A USER WITHIN A SHOPPING FACILITY

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APP PUB NO 20190185302A1
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16282888

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A shopping facility assistance system includes a plurality of motorized transport units, a plurality of user interface units, and a central computer system having a network interface such that the central computer system wirelessly communicates with one or both of the motorized transport units and the user interface units. The central computer system is configured to control movement of the motorized transport units through a shopping facility space based at least on inputs from the user interface units. More particularly, the central computer system controls movement of the motorized transport units such that a given one of the plurality of motorized transport units selectively leads a user to a destination within the shopping facility or follows the user within the shopping facility as determined by the central computer system. By one approach, the motorized transport units move through the shopping facility via a plurality of preferred pre-determined path segments.

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WALMART APOLLO LLC702 SOUTHWEST 8TH STREET BENTONVILLE AZ 72716-0520

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Atchley, Michael D Eureka Springs, US 128 1415
Chakrobartty, Shuvro Bentonville, US 16 239
High, Donald R Noel, US 343 1917
McHale, Brian G Chadderton Oldham, GB 92 404
Winkle, David C Bella Vista, US 141 1269

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