Chipotle Robots Soon May Construct Your Salads and Bowls
Burritos will still be rolled by humans
Your Chipotle burrito will be rolled by a human, but its guts may soon be assembled by a robot.
The fast-casual chain announced Tuesday a new automated digital “makeline” that uses machines to build bowls and salads to customer specifications. Human employees are then expected to incorporate the robot-assembled ingredients into burritos, tacos and quesadillas.
For now, the new system — developed in collaboration with Hyphen, a kitchen technology company — is being tested at the Chipotle Cultivate Center in Irvine, Calif. But the company expects the technology will be live in restaurants in upcoming months, rolled out slowly starting with locations in Southern California.
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