Going to McDonald's is going to change in the very near future, and for the McDonald's restaurants located here on the SouthCoast, the future is now.

SouthCoast McDonald's locations are part of a pilot program that will make ordering and picking up your food even easier than it already is with the McDonald's app.

Nationally, the McDonald's app allows you to place your order and pay for it in advance before you show up. As it stands now, you hit a button in the app when you arrive at the parking lot and McDonald's will start to prep your order.

Right now at SouthCoast McDonald's, however, a new feature has been added. It's called Ready On Arrival, and it is designed to make sure your McDonald's food is hot, fresh and ready for pickup as soon as you arrive.

Instead of having to check in at your local McDonald's, the McDonald's app will intuitively know when you are within a three-minute window of arriving to pick up your order. As soon as you cross the geo-fence, the restaurant will start to prepare and bag your order. This allows you to either walk in and grab your bag of food or go through the drive-thru.

One thing is for sure: It will greatly reduce the amount of waiting, an especially attractive feature for people who have limited time for lunch. Now, if there is a long line at the drive-thru, you will be able to jump out of the car, run in and grab the bag that will be there waiting with your name on it.

If the pilot program works here in New England, McDonald's has plans to roll it out nationwide, so let's not screw this up. America is counting on us.

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