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KFC on four wheels, but without a driver

KFC is on the move in China with autonomous driving kiosks.
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KFC is on the move in China with autonomous driving kiosks.

Delivery is reaching a new level of contactless performance. In the Chinese market, chicken chain KFC offers its products with the help of autonomous miniature food trucks. Orders are placed with a small touchpad on the roof of the small mobile or by smartphone. To pay, a QR code is scanned with the smartphone. The KFC mini food trucks serve hot and cold chicken products out of the small windows.

The technology behind the innovation comes from Neolix. The delivery startup received nearly $29 million via a funding round in early 2021. The vehicles, which have been on the road in various regions of China since autumn 2020, are controlled via the 5G network.

According to media reports, the KFC mobile vehicles do not need to stop at a charging station as the batteries can be quickly replaced.

The mobile units have been on the road since autumn 2020.
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The mobile units have been on the road since autumn 2020.
That autonomous driving vehicles are already on the road in Germany was reported last week by Rewe digital. Together with Vodafone, a test is running in Cologne.


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