China’s marvelous high-speed rail just rolls out a pilot program for delivering foods from nearby local areas to the passengers’ train seats. Basically, let’s say a passenger on China’s high-speed train doesn’t like the choices of foods that are being prepared by the rail network, he or she can just whip out a smart phone that got the official rail network app to order foods from a nearby city or town.
Once she ordered her foods from the app on her smart phone and when the train made the stop, the train attendances will make their way out of the train to retrieve the foods and deliver the foods to the correct passenger seats. Of course, this has to be done in 2 hour advance or so, because once the train made the stop the food deliver guy has to be there with the foods or else the train will leave. Usually, the train attendances have only 3 minute time frame to grab the foods for the passengers before the train would leave.
Now, the passengers could have a hot bowl of noodle, a hamburger, and whatnot that are available in the app’s menu. So, besides having the ability to order foods from the train itself, the passengers got another choice of ordering foods that are not being prepared by the train attendances. Since this is only a pilot program, and so the food menu is still limited with choices.
On-demand food delivery to a passenger on China’s high-speed rail is just a pilot program. The pilot program had just been rolled out for couple days so far. Since the program is only a pilot, and so many problems may need to be ironed out. For an example, what if a bowl of soup noodle got spilled, how the train attendances help the passenger clean up her seat? I bet since it’s only a pilot program, and so they could shut down the program if abuses could not be controlled. I think it’s an amazing idea. I wonder can they do the same for the airline passengers.