It looks like bartenders are the latest workers to be threatened by robotic replacements.
The world’s first contactless, self-pouring beer pump prototype has been launched by Barclaycard.
Set up in Henry’s Cafe and Bar in Piccadilly, the first-of-its-kind contraption has been dubbed “Pay @ Pump”, and it’s designed to help pubs and bars reduce queuing times for customers buying drinks during busy periods like Christmas.
The ale-pouring device was created when Barclaycard found more than one in four of bar-goers said queuing for drinks was the worst part of nights out – and one in four have considered abandoning a drink purchase because of long bar queues.
Customers can be their own bartenders in 60 seconds now by ordering on the device’s touch-screen menu, tapping their contactless card to the machine and placing their pint under the pump.
Unfortunately for lager-lovers, the beer pump only serves ale.
A fifth of pub-visitors surveyed by Barclaycard said they would like to see pubs and bars install contactless beer pumps to speed up service, so this new venture might be a trendsetter.