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British Airways is currently testing an “automated cocktail maker” in its lounges in San Francisco and New York (Newark). The Artificial Intelligence powered mixologist can make cocktails in under 45 seconds!
Until the end of March 2020, First Class and Club World (Business Class) customers travelling from either San Francisco or New York will be able to choose from a selection of 30 cocktails and customisable drinks from the robotic device – including two specially created for BA: Silicon Galley and Echo-Whisky-Romeo.
To order, you simply select what you want from the app by clicking one button, then you put a glass on the conveyor belt and watch your drink being made.
Ricardo Vidal, British Airways’ Head of Innovation, said: “We are always looking at innovative ways to enhance our customers’ journey on the ground and in the air. Barsys offers a new cocktail experience and what better way to trial this technology than in San Francisco, in our newly refurbished lounge, and Newark, two of the most cosmopolitan and tech-savvy metropolitan regions in the US”.
See how the robot works: