The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our daily lives in numerous ways including how we dine at restaurants.
Restaurants and bars have eliminated standard menus and begun passing out paper menus that can be thrown away after one use to ensure that customers have limited contact with frequently touched surfaces.
Self-serve soda machines, like the Coca Cola Freestyle, are a hotbed for germs due to the number of people that will touch and use it every day. One way the beverage company is helping reduce contact with these surfaces is by launching their new "touch-free" soda machines!
Thanks to new technology, customers will be able to dispense their drinks using their smartphones and never having to touch the Coca Cola Freestyle machine, per Today.
Instead of tapping the touch screen, customers will be able to hold their smartphone up to the display, auto-scan a QR code and connect to the machine. Once connected, a full menu of brands and flavors of drinks will appear on the phone screen. After making a selection, the drink will automatically dispense from the machine -- no-touch required!
The soda company wanted to make it extremely easy for customers, which is why there is no app connected to the machine that needs to be downloaded in order to use it. The machine will connect to any smart device using the QR code making it very simple to pour a drink. This also eliminates any confusion of having to download an app while you're holding your food and then figuring out how to connect it, your smartphone can do it all on its own.
The new technology will begin rolling out this month. The company expects 10,000 machines in locations such as Firehouse Subs, Wendy's, and Five Guys will feature the no-touch machines by August.
The goal is to have all 52,000 Coca-Cola Freestyle machines updated with this feature by the end of the year.