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McDonalds Moving To Automated Drive-Thru’s

NILES, ILLINOIS - APRIL 30: A SUV picks up an order at the drive-up window of a McDonald's fast food restaurant April 30, 2003 in Niles, Illinois. McDonald's Corporation announced that results for the quarter that ended March 31 and showed a 7 percent gain in earnings per share (before the cumulative effect of accounting changes) on higher revenues. Comparable unit sales have declined. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
NILES, ILLINOIS - APRIL 30: A SUV picks up an order at the drive-up window of a McDonald's fast food restaurant April 30, 2003 in Niles, Illinois. McDonald's Corporation announced that results for the quarter that ended March 31 and showed a 7 percent gain in earnings per share (before the cumulative effect of accounting changes) on higher revenues. Comparable unit sales have declined. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

McDonald’s will be without drive-thru workers at ten locations across Chicago.

And those people may not get their jobs back.

McDonald’s is rolling out new technology, and drive-thru orders will be taken by a computer using artificial intelligence.

McDonald’s CEO says the restaurants using the new voice-ordering technology are seeing about 85-percent order accuracy.

The CEO the technology will likely take a year or two to fully implement as they install it in 14-thousand McDonald’s restaurants across the United States.

McDonald’s is also working on automating more of the kitchen equipment, likes deep fat fryers and grills.

But that is still about 5 years away.

 

 

NILES, ILLINOIS – APRIL 30: A SUV picks up an order at the drive-up window of a McDonald’s fast food restaurant April 30, 2003 in Niles, Illinois. McDonald’s Corporation announced that results for the quarter that ended March 31 and showed a 7 percent gain in earnings per share (before the cumulative effect of accounting changes) on higher revenues. Comparable unit sales have declined. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)  June 2nd 2021

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