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05/04/2021

Checkout-free store coming to San Diego luxury community

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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The Vantage Pointe luxury high-rise community in San Diego will soon have 24/7-access to automated shopping.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision technology provider Accel Robotics will open Valet Market, a 1,500-sq.-ft. autonomous store, within Brookfield’s Vantage Pointe in San Diego's East Village. Valet Market shoppers will download the store’s app and use their phone to check in. 

Once inside, customers will be able to select desired items and walk out without having to wait in line to check out. In-store technologies including computer vision, shelf-level sensors, and artificial intelligence will automatically track products as shoppers remove them from the shelves. 

When exiting the store, a receipt will be delivered promptly to the customer's mobile device, eliminating the need for traditional or self-checkout. Last Step, a proprietary delivery solution from Accel Robotics, will enable residents at Vantage Pointe to order items for home delivery from Valet Market via its mobile app, in addition to 24/7 access to in-store shopping. 

Designed as a shared pantry for the neighborhood, Valet Market will offer locally sourced products, such as produce, baked goods and dairy, alongside everyday convenience items on the store's smart shelves.

"Valet Market signals a new era in modern convenience that offers community residents 24/7 access to autonomous shopping while serving as a distribution hub for the larger community," said Brandon Maseda, CEO and co-founder of Accel Robotics. "We're enabling a grab-and-go store of the future for a fast, hyper-local shopping experience, all while setting a new standard of service with our Last Step delivery offering. With Valet Market, we have the opportunity to showcase our next-generation, contactless shopping experience directly to consumers while providing our real estate partners with a cutting-edge, innovative tenant amenity."

In addition to Valet Market, Accel Robotics will be announcing additional partnerships with U.S. brands and entities, including universities, sports venues, military bases, convenience stores, pharmacies, and fuel stations.