This idea came about as most other ideas have, because of a need. The need to feed is something humans have been facing since…well, forever. So it makes sense to step up the game and apply some modern systems to an ever-present habit.
She’s called Streat, and is the mental offspring of Lee Sungwook, a Korean cat out of Seoul. The issue at hand out there is that most restaurant businesses fail, leaving huge debts in owner’s pockets. And Streat is meant to be a buffer for that scenario. Your average restaurant start-up is about $65,000 while a food truck is only around $15,000. Just that alone is a huge decrease in monetary loss if everything goes haywire.
But this is about more than just money, is it? We feel it is. The Streat is more than just a food truck. First off, she is autonomous. This function does a few things for a food business. Because no driver is needed, your chef can simply focus on the cooking at hand. This can also be done while Streat is in motion. Autonomous drive also allows a business to have preset destinations which may have been ordered by clients the day before.
One of the main issues with food trucks is that usually, they come with a very limited menu. With this in mind, the Streat was conceived with a modular kitchen. But why? Well, this is the simple bit, a modular kitchen allows you to change out your hardware and literally adapt your food style and menu to what was ordered the day before.
Let’s say you own three of these puppies, and recently you’ve noticed a boom in burgers. All you have to do is take out the oven, because who makes burgers in ovens, and install a grill or two in its place, literally allowing you to raise your serving capacity and variety.
A month later however, everybody is eating Chinese. Perfect. You now switch out the grills for a few stove-tops and a rice steamer and are perfectly ready to meet this demand too. But the next day, you get an order from an old-time client who wants your Italian skills at his luncheon. Perfect, the other two trucks can still handle the Chinese, while this one serves up a mean pasta.
The kitchen comes with two islands, equally modular, in an efficient ‘U’ shape to allow the chef to move easily throughout the space and serves meals on either side of the vehicle if needed. The kitchen also comes with and interactive and smart feature that helps monitor the dishes you are cooking but also safety measures.
As far as the exterior design shows, we can see that most of the vehicle is see-through. This is done to allow client and chef to interact with ease. Being an autonomous vehicle, we’re sure to find a number of sensors and cameras that help it find its way around a metropolis, but the designs show no specific hardware designated for this. We can only guess that the vehicles cameras, sensors, and AI are all located in the lower part of the body.
Sure, she may be a bit ahead of her time, but that’s all the more reason to bring this idea to your attention. Is it just me, are we all a little hungry now?