DoorDash Inc. DASH -3.82% is acquiring robotics startup Chowbotics, according to people familiar with the deal, signaling increased interest in automating food production when ordering in is at an all-time high.
The companies aren’t planning to disclose the terms of the deal, one of the people said.
Chowbotics’ technology can whip up salads and poke bowls, among other things, and DoorDash is exploring how to deploy it across restaurants, one of the people said. Ideas include using the technology to help restaurants expand their menu—such as enabling a pizzeria to offer salads—or to allow a salad bar to try out new locations—a kiosk at an airport, for instance—without the need for more manpower.