America’s favorite chicken sandwich is joining the robot revolution. Chick-fil-A is beginning to test autonomous delivery robots, reports Nation’s Restaurant News.
The Refraction AI robots have artificial intelligence and advanced cameras that let them navigate traffic, pedestrians, bikes, and more. However, they can only travel about 15 miles-per-hour and during the first tests, they’ll be accompanied by human “safety chasers,” also known as Robot Valets.
Chick-fil-A says it will begin practice deliveries at some locations in California, Florida, and Texas. According to Spectrum News 1 Texas, it’s already happening in Austin. There is no timeline on when the company will expand the program, but if initial tests go well, we could be seeing delivery bots at Chick-fil-A locations across the nation.
Other restaurant chains have also been testing autonomous technology in various forms, including Chili’s, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Chipotle. Like it or not, robots are the future of food delivery, especially since they can save money and reduce emissions.
Refraction AI is testing out its self-driving technology at two Chick-fil-A restaurants in downtown Austin. The move to meal delivery bots would cut costs tremendously. https://t.co/euhL7geoKi— Spectrum News 1 Texas (@SpectrumNews1TX) June 1, 2022