I’ve been in a terrible mood this week. Really, bottom of the barrel. BUT, sometimes it’s in our darkest hours that moments of brilliance shine forth.
I present to you an idea of the future.
The evolution of the drive through. 5 or so miles of property are purchased adjacent to a highway (it’d have to be somewhere cheap – definitely not a city). Above the road? EZPass readers. As a driver drove down the highway, they’d take the fast food exit and their EZ pass account would be charged the cost of a meal. A signal would be sent to the kitchen 4 miles up the road. The kitchen whips up a meal and attaches it to a high speed trolley (think artificial rabbit in greyhound races) which then, using simple feedback controls, matches the speed of your car. Your food is then passed to you at 60 miles per hour.
“BUT WAIT!” you ask with eager anticipation, “How would the kitchen know what you wanted to eat? Where do you place your order?”
That’s right. If you’re in the first lane? A burger, fries, and a coke. Second lane? Tacos. Third lane? Bucket O’ Chicken.
It’s a simple menu, yes, but I think this makes for an even stronger consumer appeal.