• In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 photo, co-founder and CEO, Julia Collins, right, chats with employee Jose Lopez as he makes pizza dough at Zume Pizza in Mountain View, Calif. The startup, which began delivery in April, is using intelligent machines to grab a slice of the multi-billion-dollar pizza delivery market. Zume is one of a growing number of food-tech firms seeking to disrupt the restaurant industry with software and robots that let them cut costs, speed production and improve worker safety. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 photo, co-founder and CEO, Julia Collins, right, chats with employee Jose Lopez as he makes pizza dough at Zume Pizza in Mountain View, Calif. The startup, which began delivery in April, is using intelligent machines to ... grab a slice of the multi-billion-dollar pizza delivery market. Zume is one of a growing number of food-tech firms seeking to disrupt the restaurant industry with software and robots that let them cut costs, speed production and improve worker safety. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 photo, Jose Lopez, at left, prepares pizza dough to be place on a conveyor belt and onto an automated sauce dispenser, at right, at Zume Pizza in Mountain View, Calif. The startup, which began delivery in April, is using intelligent machines to grab a slice of the multi-billion-dollar pizza delivery market. Zume is one of a growing number of food-tech firms seeking to disrupt the restaurant industry with software and robots that let them cut costs, speed production and improve worker safety.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 photo, Jose Lopez, at left, prepares pizza dough to be place on a conveyor belt and onto an automated sauce dispenser, at right, at Zume Pizza in Mountain View, Calif. The startup, which began delivery in April, is using ... intelligent machines to grab a slice of the multi-billion-dollar pizza delivery market. Zume is one of a growing number of food-tech firms seeking to disrupt the restaurant industry with software and robots that let them cut costs, speed production and improve worker safety. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 photo, cook Freedom Carlson, at left, prepares a pizza as it goes through a conveyor belt alongside sous chef Christopher Rongstad, at right, as co-founder and CEO Julia Collins, center, watches at Zume Pizza in Mountain View, Calif. The startup, which began delivery in April, is using intelligent machines to grab a slice of the multi-billion-dollar pizza delivery market. Zume is one of a growing number of food-tech firms seeking to disrupt the restaurant industry with software and robots that let them cut costs, speed production and improve worker safety. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 photo, cook Freedom Carlson, at left, prepares a pizza as it goes through a conveyor belt alongside sous chef Christopher Rongstad, at right, as co-founder and CEO Julia Collins, center, watches at Zume Pizza in Mountain ... View, Calif. The startup, which began delivery in April, is using intelligent machines to grab a slice of the multi-billion-dollar pizza delivery market. Zume is one of a growing number of food-tech firms seeking to disrupt the restaurant industry with software and robots that let them cut costs, speed production and improve worker safety. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

Hungry startup uses robots to grab slice of pizza

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Did robots help make your pizza?

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If you ordered it from Silicon Valley's Zume Pizza, the answer is yes.

The startup, which began delivery in April, is using intelligent machines to grab a slice of the multi-billion-dollar pizza delivery market.

Zume is one of a growing number of food-tech firms seeking to disrupt the restaurant industry with software and robots that let them cut costs, speed production and improve worker safety.

Inside its commercial kitchen in Mountain View, pizza dough travels down a conveyer belt where machines add the sauce, spread the sauce and carefully slide them into an 800-degree oven.

Experts say more automation is coming to restaurant kitchens, but robots won't be taking over any time soon because they still struggle with irregular tasks that require fine motor skills, judgment and taste.