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05/28/2021

Indy 500 attendees can shop and go at autonomous pop-up

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Indy Express Shop - AiFi NanoStore at the Indy 500

A computer vision-enabled “NanoStore” is speeding up the process of purchasing snacks, beverages and merchandise at this year’s Indianapolis 500 auto race.

Artificial intelligence (AI)-based autonomous technology provider AiFi is partnering with Verizon Business and Penske Entertainment to operate a customizable, portable “NanoStore” at the 2021 Indianapolis 500. The main event is being held Sunday, May 30, with several preliminary events taking place on days leading up to the final race. The currently open pop-up store uses AiFi computer vision technology and the Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network to offer a “just walk out” shopping experience.

Customers may enter the NanoStore by scanning the Indy Express Shop app. Once scanned, the computer vision technology around the store observes and tracks the items that a customer chooses. When customers are done shopping, they can walk out and will receive a receipt to their app or email within minutes. AiFi says its computer vision technology has achieved an accuracy rate of 99%, without using facial recognition or storing biometric data.

"As in-person gatherings start back up, venues and consumers alike will prioritize personal safety in every way possible," said Steve Gu, founder and CEO at AiFi. "Our NanoStore allows attendees to avoid crowded lines and experience contactless shopping while purchasing their favorite snacks and drinks."

Giving race fans the ability to experience the power of Verizon 5G at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway through AiFi's autonomous shopping NanoStore is an exciting moment for us," said Andy Brady, VP, enterprise sales, Verizon Business. "Our long-standing partnership with Penske is filled with industry-driving innovation. AiFi shares that same passion and have been amazing partners in making this autonomous shopping experience come to life."