Shanghai's first unmanned community canteen opens in Hongqiao

Dong Jun Sun Jiayi
Dishes are cooked and distributed by robotic arms, while an artificial intelligence system can offer diet advice.
Dong Jun Sun Jiayi

Shanghai's first unmanned community canteen has opened recently in the Hongqiao area.

The Community AI Canteen, developed by the Hongqiao Subdistrict, covers about 130 square meters and serves about 300 customers everyday, most of whom are senior residents and office workers in the area, according to Fan Yanping, the manager of the canteen. 

In the canteen, dishes are cooked and distributed by robotic arms, while an artificial intelligence system can offer diet advice. The system can also analyze storage in real time and ask the central kitchen to supply raw materials when required.

It is the first "new infrastructure" project, which features intelligent digital technologies, launched by the subdistrict. 

More smart projects related to parking, elderly care, elevator construction and garbage recycling are to be released in future, according to the subdistrict.

Shanghai's first unmanned community canteen opens in Hongqiao
Dong Jun / SHINE

Shanghai's first unmanned community canteen opened recently in the Hongqiao area. 

If you go

Address: 1004 Hongqiao Road

Opening Hours: 7am-7pm daily.

Price: Noodles and other dishes range from 6-10 yuan. 

Shanghai's first unmanned community canteen opens in Hongqiao
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A customer orders dishes on a screen. The intelligent cooking system and robotic arms can cook all kinds of dishes. For those who are not sure what they want to eat, the AI system even can offer suggestions.

Shanghai's first unmanned community canteen opens in Hongqiao
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The canteen serves about 300 customers every day. Most are local senior residents and office workers. 

Shanghai's first unmanned community canteen opens in Hongqiao
Dong Jun / SHINE

A self-service noodle machines can make noodles, wanton and spicy hot pot, dishes popular with young customers. Robotic arms can also pack the dishes and control the temperature for dine-in or takeaway.

Shanghai's first unmanned community canteen opens in Hongqiao
Dong Jun / SHINE
Shanghai's first unmanned community canteen opens in Hongqiao
Dong Jun / SHINE

The payment section allows the use of mobile payment as well as facial, sound or fingerprint recognition for those without smartphones. 

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