SAN CARLOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Presto Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: PRST), the largest drive-thru automation technology provider in the hospitality industry, is announcing an expansion of its partnership with Del Taco Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s second largest Mexican quick service restaurant, to provide automated voice ordering at several drive-thru restaurants nationwide. Its artificial intelligence (A.I.) powered solution, Presto Voice™, is already operating 24/7 at select Del Taco locations where it is significantly helping operations by improving labor productivity, increasing suggestive selling, and boosting guest and staff experience. Del Taco has 600+ locations nationwide.
“With Del Taco’s desire to build a drive-thru that improves operational efficiency while delivering an elevated guest experience, the Presto A.I.-based voice assistant solution is a natural choice,” said Kevin Pope, Vice President Operations Innovation at Del Taco. “The Presto platform and team have exceeded our expectations and we are excited as we prepare to deploy the solution at additional restaurants across the nation.”
Last year, Del Taco conducted a comprehensive test of Presto Voice. During this test, the Presto conversational A.I. voice assistant greeted guests, reliably accepted their orders, and consistently offered upsell suggestions. Over 95% of the drive-thru orders placed using Presto Voice are being completed with no staff intervention, and seamlessly being sent to the Point of Sale (“POS”) system and the Kitchen Display System (“KDS”). As a result, Del Taco has now decided to start deploying Presto Voice at additional locations nationwide.
“We are excited to be partnering with Del Taco as their drive-thru A.I. voice automation partner,” said Dan Mosher, Chief Revenue Officer of Presto. “Del Taco’s vision of the future of the drive-thru is inspiring and Presto is the best positioned automation technology provider to support it.”
As the demand for convenience goes up across the restaurant category and staffing headwinds continue, automation is an efficient and effective answer. Presto Voice offers a significant advantage to restaurants by minimizing human error, reducing wait times, and freeing up staff so they can focus on improving customer experience.
Presto Voice has proven to be the best positioned automation technology partner for the drive-thru restaurant industry with its superior reliability and ability to quickly scale across thousands of restaurants. It is even more powerful when augmented with Presto Vision™, another A.I.-powered product, that provides 16 unique operational metrics on drive-thru performance. These real-time metrics can help reduce wait time and increase order accuracy.
Presto overlays next-gen digital solutions onto the physical world. Presto’s enterprise-grade voice, vision, and touch technologies help hospitality businesses thrive while delighting guests. With over 300 million transactions processed, Presto is one of the largest labor automation technology providers in the industry. Founded at M.I.T. in 2008, Presto is headquartered in Silicon Valley, Calif. with customers including many of the top 20 restaurant chains in the U.S.
About Del Taco
Del Taco offers a unique variety of both Mexican and American favorites such as burritos and fries, prepared fresh in every restaurant's working kitchen with the value and convenience of a drive-thru. Del Taco's menu items taste better because they are made with quality ingredients like freshly grilled chicken and carne asada steak, fresh house-made guacamole, fresh house-grated cheddar cheese, slow-cooked beans made from scratch, and signature creamy Queso Blanco.
Founded in 1964, today Del Taco serves more than three million guests each week at its approximately 600 restaurants across 16 states. Del Taco’s commitment to providing guests with the best quality and value for their money originates from cooking, chopping, shredding, and grilling menu items from scratch. For more information, visit deltaco.com.
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