Robots are making appearances seemingly everywhere—from autonomous tractors to robotic milkers. It seems the future will include self-driven droids.
A Silicon Valley start-up is working to develop robots and software to create piping hot pizza.
So far, robots can add the sauce, spread it, and put pies in the oven. Soon, the robots will prep the dough, add the cheese and toppings, take pizzas out of the oven, cut them in slices, and put them in boxes.
“We automate those repetitive tasks so that we can spend more money on higher-quality ingredients,” said Julia Collins, CEO and co-founder of Zume, a new pizza company. “There will always be a model here at Zume where robots and humans work together to create delicious food.”
The robots will be able to challenge employees working abilities by creating new jobs, according to Alex Garden, co-founder and chairman of Zume.
“We’re going to free up people to do things that are higher value,” said Garden.
“We’re making progress, but it’s still a challenge, so I want to reassure restaurant workers that the skills they have are still going to be of value.”
Zume says its biggest innovation isn’t the robots, but it’s inside the delivery vehicles. More than 50 ovens are inside to bake pizzas en route to customers, starting this fall.
The startup wants to shorten delivery times with software to anticipate when and what kind of pizzas customers will order.