Fast food chains around the world have been introducing several offers to push up their sales amid the coronavirus pandemic. But they are also taking some impressive steps to minimise human contact and promote social distancing.
In China, fast-food giant KFC has stepped up its plans for promoting social distancing. They recently deployed several autonomous 5G-enabled self-driving food trucks to cater to the fried chicken needs of customers.
The trucks aim to minimise human contact and promote social distancing.
The specialised food trucks, that have been developed in Shanghai by Neolix, allows users to use a simple touchscreen to choose their food. Once the selection is done, they can make the payment using their phones.
When the payment is successful, the food compartment door unlocks for the customers to grab their food package. However, many on social media have expressed concerns over the freshness of chicken stored inside the trucks.
The vehicles can travel 100 milometres on a single charge with a maximum speed of 50 km/hr. They have special sensors to detect and avoid obstacles on the road.
Neolix, a Beijing-based autonomous delivery shuttle company, recently secured a $29 million deal to mass-produce such food trucks.
But their venture into autonomous vehicles is not recent. The company has developed mobile medication dispensaries in Thailand using the same vehicles.
A Forbes report stated that Neolix had started to work with Yum on driverless vehicles. The report stated the company had also partnered with KFC and Pizza Hut. While Pizza Huts food trucks are yet to arrive, KFC has already started rolling them out at various centres in China.