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McDonald's has sped up its drive-thru times.

A high-tech drive-thru renaissance is the future of fast food at chains like Chipotle and McDonald’s

Chipotle and McDonald's executives highlighted high-tech drive thrus a major opportunity on calls with investors this week.

McDonald’s drive-thrus are speeding up after years of longer and longer waits

McDonald's drive-thru times dropped by twenty seconds over the last quarter, according to CEO Steve Easterbrook.
Drive-thru success is key for fast-food chains.

How McDonald’s is spending millions of dollars to regain its crown as drive-thru king

McDonald's drive-thru wait times keep stretching longer. But, the fast-food giant is willing to invest millions of dollars to reverse the trend.

McDonald’s bought an AI speech company to take the human interaction out of drive-thrus

Apprente builds AI for understanding and responding to human speech, which McDonald's plans to implement at its drive-thrus.
Drive-thru sales are crucial for chains.

Chains like Chipotle, Starbucks, and Cava are revolutionizing the drive-thru to compete with fast-food giants

Fast-casual chains including Chipotle and Cava are testing digital drive-thru lanes to better compete with fast-food chains.
A photo of Kerr's 15-cent Burgers, a drive-thru restaurant, circa 1960.

THEN AND NOW: 14 photos of drive-thrus that show how much they’ve changed

Since drive-thru service first emerged in the 1930s, the convenient innovation has become more ubiquitous and efficient than ever.

Chipotle is opening dozens of locations with drive-thru-style ‘Chipotlanes’

Chipotle is adding drive-thru-style "Chipotlanes" at dozens more locations.
The Taco Bell in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which was shot during the incident on December 31, 2018.

A man fired his handgun at a Taco Bell drive-thru at 1 a.m. after ‘not getting enough sauce,’ police say

Oklahoma City police said a man fired a semiautomatic handgun through a Taco Bell drive-thru window in a confrontation over condiments.
Starbucks is doubling down on drive-thrus.

More than 4 out of 5 new Starbucks are drive-thrus, and the coffee giant wants to open even more

Starbucks is doubling down on drive-thrus. More than 80% of new Starbucks locations that opened in the last year in the US featured drive-thrus.
Chipotle is closing up to 65 locations in the next 30 days.

We visited the Chipotle of the future. Here’s what it’s like.

Chipotle is turning to technology to grow sales, with mobile ordering, delivery, and even a digital drive-thru test. We recently visited a location in New York City that has served as a test site for much of Chipotle's new initiatives, and we saw how tech is crucial to the chain's turnaround plans.