Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t go to Mickey D’s very often. Maybe for something breakfast if I’m in hurry, like on the way to the golf course, however I do stop at the one going into New Buffalo to pick up a vanilla shake for grandson Nathaniel, when I come to visit, and now with my other grandson Kane getting so big, so fast, that may soon become two vanilla shakes. Even with a small order like that there’s almost always at least a 5 minute wait. Sometimes even more.Well it seems that McDonald’s feels my pain and they’re trying to do something about time spent waiting on an order. McDonald’s hopes that an investment in technology is the special sauce that will transform drive-thru ordering. The fast-food giant announced Tuesday that it has an agreement to acquire Apprente, a Silicon Valley-based start-up specializing in conversational voice-based ordering technology. McDonald’s said the technology understands different accents and is “expected to allow for faster, simpler and more accurate order taking at the Drive Thru” and could also be incorporated into kiosks and mobile ordering. “Building our technology infrastructure and digital capabilities are fundamental to our Velocity Growth Plan and enable us to meet rising expectations from our customers, while making it simpler and even more enjoyable for crew members to serve guests,” Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s president and CEO, said in a news release. The decision technology is now available in more than 8,000 U.S. locations, McDonald’s said in Tuesday’s announcement, and is expected to be integrated into all U.S. and Australia drive-thrus by the end of 2019. With this technology, McDonald’s says it is able “to provide an even more personalized customer experience by varying outdoor digital Drive Thru menu displays to show food based on time of day, weather, current restaurant traffic and trending menu items.” The displays also suggest and display additional items to a customer’s order based on selections. So, I’m not sure this will speed up my two vanilla shake runs, but hey at least their trying.