Chipotle announced on Wednesday that it is testing out an alternative way to make its tortilla chips using an AI-powered robot named “Chippy.”

The creation of the robot is intended to help businesses run more efficiently and to help employees not have to do mundane tasks.

"We are always exploring opportunities to enhance our employee and guest experience," Curt Garner, chief technology officer at Chipotle, said in a statement. "Our goal is to drive efficiencies through collaborative robotics that will enable Chipotle’s crew members to focus on other tasks in the restaurant."

Chippy is capable of working right beside other employees in the back kitchen. It consists of a fryer, a bowl for mixing ingredients and a robotic arm that maneuvers between the two.

The robot was programmed to learn how to do all of the steps to make the chips. This includes combining corn masa flour, water and sunflower oil, cooking the chips, seasoning with salt, then adding a hint of lime juice.

"Everyone loves finding a chip with a little more salt or an extra hint of lime," said Nevielle Panthaky, vice president of culinary, in the statement. "To ensure we didn't lose the humanity behind our culinary experience, we trained Chippy extensively to ensure the output mirrored our current product, delivering some subtle variations in flavor that our guests expect."

Chippy was created by Robotic Automation for Restaurants company Miso Robotics. Chiptole wanted Miso to make sure that when creating the robot’s ability to make the chips, the “technique remained the same so customers receive delicious, craveable chips every time. ”

"When Chipotle challenged us to see if our technology could meet the brand's high standards for culinary quality, we couldn't wait to flex our engineering and design muscles," said Mike Bell, CEO of Miso Robotics, in the statement. "This partnership will allow us to move into new territory to help improve back-of-house functions and assist team members with their day-to-day responsibilities.”

Chippy is being tested at the Chipotle Cultivate Center, Chipotle's innovation hub in Irvine, Calif. It will be integrated into a Chipotle restaurant in Southern California later this year.

Chipotle will take feedback from its crew and guests before deciding on a national implementation strategy.

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