We now have robots that will make pizza in the car on the way to your house. Zume Pizza in Mountain View, California, has replaced much of its staff with robots that can cook and deliver a perfect pizza — never cold or overcooked — on the way to your door.
"What we are doing is leveraging the power of this evolution of automation, these intelligent robots, to put better food on people's tables," Julia Collins, the company's co-founder and co-CEO, told CNBC. “There are humans and robots collaborating to make better food, to make more fulfilling jobs and to make a more stable working environment for the folks that are working with us."
The way it works is that a customer orders a pizza on the Zume app. Then, the kitchen at Zume (which is delivery-only) receives the order, and the robots assemble and partially cook each of the pies. The pizzas then get loaded into a special delivery van with 56 mini pizza ovens that can individually cook pies to coincide with the specified delivery time. Four minutes before the food is scheduled to arrive, the robotic pizza arms pop the designated pie into its oven. The driver parks, cuts each pie with a blade, and then delivers it to the customer.
"We're a co-bot situation," Collins said. "There are humans and robots collaborating to make better food, to make more fulfilling jobs and to make a more stable working environment for the folks that are working with us."