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TechnologyYou might be talking to robots at McDonald's drive thrus soon

15:41  11 september  2019
15:41  11 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Next week you order a Big Mac, ask yourself if you're talking to a robot or a human. McDonald's took a step towards automating your ordering process this week, as it acquired artificial intelligence (AI) company Apprente.

You might be talking to robots at McDonald's drive thrus soon© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. McDonald's is adding Ai-based voice ordering tech to its drive-thrus. Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Silicon Valley-based startup was founded in 2017 to create voice-based platforms for "complex, multilingual, multi-accent and multi-item conversational ordering," which McDonald's plans to incorporate in its drive thru initially. It's already been tested at a few restaurants, so maybe you've been talking to robots about McFlurries.

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McDonald ' s says the voice-activated drive -through and robotic fryer will be tested at more restaurants soon . Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News. Mason Smoot, a McDonald ’ s senior vice president overseeing key innovations, said in an interview that the voice-activated drive -through and robotic

Please accelerate lead your machine to the next window. These are just a few of the funny things he says. I believe this is his normal way of talking .

You might be talking to robots at McDonald's drive thrus soon© CNET

McDonald's is adding Ai-based voice ordering tech to its drive-thrus.

It hopes to add the technology to its mobile ordering and kiosks later, the company noted.

"Apprente's gifted team, and the technology they have developed, will form McD Tech Labs, a new group integrated in our Global Technology team that will take our culture of innovation one step further," Steve Easterbrook, McDonald's president and CEO, said in a release.

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