Visa, Pizza Hut and management consulting firm Accenture announced the new frontier in laziness at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week.
You can pay with your smartphone and your smartwatch, but what about your smartcar?
Later this year, these companies are pilot-testing a new ordering system in Northern California that involves minimal human interaction. Customers can order pizza from their connected car on their way to a participating Pizza Hut using a feature called Interactive Voice Control (IVR — really, this is their official acronym). This feature allows you to place your order, hands-free, using your Visa Checkout account.
But it doesn’t end there.
Once in a parking spot designated for pickup, Bluetooth sensors and Beacon technology will notify the Pizza Hut staff that they can bring the order out to the car. Because walking is hard.
The concept car, designed by the three companies, is being demonstrated at MWC today.