Publication Date

Fall 2016

Document Type

Final Report

Problem Statement

In shopping centers across the United States, customers must return shopping carts after they used them by themselves. For a variety of reasons, a significant number of shopping carts are left in parking lots after being used. This results in expenses to the store in the form of damaged carts, man hours required to return each one, and law suits from customers whose cars are damaged by free carts. This project is an add-on mechanism by which allows shopping carts to return to the shopping center autonomously. The cart should be able to locate a preset track that is set in the parking lot and from this track return itself to the shopping center. This system would utilized a motor and wheels located on the rear of the cart, enabling it to be retrofitted to carts currently in use without impeding the cart’s ability to stack. This statement should evolve as your project progresses.

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)