Self-driving KFC food truck is trying to be the future of food delivery

Contactless KFC is totally a thing now.
  • KFC has rolled out self-driving food trucks in China
  • These trucks are completely autonomous and constantly travel up and down the sidewalks
  • They’re loaded up with heaters and are filled to the brim with KFC orders ready to be eaten

Published on Mar 12, 2024 at 8:17PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Mar 14, 2024 at 1:07PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

The likes of Just Eat and Deliveroo changed the way many of us order and consume fast food.

But even that could be about to change, as photos and videos of a self-driving KFC food truck have emerged online.

They’ve left people speculating about how successful the method could become.

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The self-driving KFC food truck in China appears to be loaded up with heaters and filled to the brim with orders ready to be eaten.

Apparently, the self-driving KFC food is made by a company called Neolix, and KFC is just one of a number of partners it’s worked with in recent years.

We’re taking a guess here, but judging by the photos and videos, people just approach the truck, scan a QR code, and then make an order like they would for a delivery app.

However, unlike those apps, the process happens much quicker.

The self-driving KFC food truck directs the user to the right package and shelf for their food, which they then take out and leave with.

There’s no denying that it’s a fascinating idea, however, it can presumably only work if you order something ‘typical’, as the truck isn’t assembling the orders itself, and just carts them around instead.

And there’s been a fair amount of observers saying the same thing in a range of comment threads.

Ultimately, people don’t think this could work in every country of the world – particularly not in the US.

“Someone would buy one order and take the whole contents when it opened. So dumb,” one comment on a Reddit post said.

“Might as well call it Kentucky Free Chicken if it was in those cities,” one user responded to a post on X which asked how long the truck would survive in “cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, NYC, etc”.

That being said, presumably the truck is loaded up with both cameras and alarms to discourage potential food thieves.

People will always go the extra mile for a shot at free food, so it’s little wonder it hasn’t made it over to the US yet, despite operating for several years elsewhere.

In other fast food-related news, McDonald’s and Tesla have release a Cybertruck-inspired McFlurry spoon, while you could soon pay for your McDonald’s with Bitcoin.

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