Early last year, McDonald’s Chief Digital Officer, Atif Rafiq, revealed that the fast food giant was hard at work on a mobile ordering system and it’s finally here — in trial form at least. Select restaurants in both Monterey and Salinas, California, are now offering the feature for a limited time, which allows patrons to place and pay for their order through an app before picking it up at the counter, drive-thru or curbside collection point. The trial is set to run through the weekend before opening in Spokane, Washington on Monday, March 20.
Though it remains unclear when the service will be available nationwide, the trial should offer a good test for the rollout — Monterey, Salinas and Spokane are home, collectively, to 80 McDonald’s locations in all. McDonald’s is currently aiming for mobile pre-ordering to be available at all of its 14,000-plus American restaurants when it officially launches.