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Robot-Made Pizza Next Big Tech Breakthrough

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 06:09 PM

A pizza delivery startup in Silicon Valley relies on robots and smart computers to build and cook pizzas before delivering to customers' homes in as little as five minutes.

Zume Pizza is located in Mountain View, Calif., home to Google and several other tech companies. Customers can order their pizzas on the company's website or on its mobile app. From there, robots and forms of artificial intelligence take over the process.

Business Insider visited Zume's headquarters and chronicled its pizza-making process, which begins with a robot smashing a ball of dough into a flat pizza crust in nine seconds. From there, another robot pours sauce on the dough, and yet another spreads the sauce.

A human adds cheese and toppings to the pizza — Zume hasn't figured out how to properly top a pizza with a robot — and then another robot loads it into a 800-degree oven where it cooks for roughy a minute.

A robot removes the pizza and a human controls a device that slices it into perfectly shaped triangles.

The company also used artificial intelligence software to predict when customers will order and what they will order. This allows Zume to pre-position partially cooked pizzas in a truck outfitted with 56 ovens and finish the cooking process en route to deliveries.

Zume promises to deliver a pizza between 5 and 20 minutes of receiving an order.

The use of robots has become more prevalent in recent years as companies look to streamline their manufacturing processes. In the wake of Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods, for example, the upscale grocer may next see robots help maintain its warehouses.

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