That is, as long as you are in the
The process is fairly simple. Download the McDonald's ordering app for an iPhone or Android-based device, then connect it to a credit card to be used for payment.
Directions on the station let customers know they should create their order with the app, scan the QR code at the station, then submit the order and pay.
"Get it delivered here ... and enjoy!" is the final step, the station says, with the food being prepared and brought to your car, similar to what a Sonic drive-in employee currently does.
Picking up the smartphone-ordered fast food inside the restaurant apparently is an option as well.
"We are testing these technologies in a few markets, so it's premature to speculate on the decisions we may make after the tests, but we're excited to bring a cutting-edge experience in the future to our customers," the company said in a statement sent via email by media relations director
The company did say it is always seeking new technologies to improve the "McDonald's experience" for its customers. And, yes, they have other apps for that, too, including one that sounds somewhat like coupon deals.
"Currently, we have a McD App, which is available in more than 2,000 U.S. restaurants," the statement from McComb said. "The McD App sends customers offers to redeem with their phone in participating restaurants. It allows them to customize their offer, location and communication preferences, and the offers are sharable with friends and family."
There are more than 35,000 McDonald's outlets worldwide.
Shares of McDonald's trade on the
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