Walmart’s latest hire: Robotic janitors that clean floors and collect data

Walmart’s latest custodial tool may look like a mini Zamboni, but it’s more like a Roomba, the robotic sweeper sliding across floors worldwide.

The robot custodians are powered by Brain Corp, a San Diego-based technology company that has partnered with Walmart.

Before the scrubbers can be set free, a Walmart employee is required for an initial “Training ride” that creates a map of different routes the machine can follow inside the store, the company said.

The robots look fairly one-dimensional in nature, but their onboard sensors allow them to collect useful analytical data, the company said.

The data may prove useful, providing the company with information about peak shopping hours or “Which shelves are empty,” as a Walmart spokesman told NBC News.

Blazing speed is hardly the point, Alan Smith, a Walmart assistant manager, said in a video produced by the company.

Some of those jobs sound a lot like cleaning floors at Walmart.

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