Only a few months after announcing Pizza delivery trucks that have heaters inside them, Domino’s is all set to launch first ever pizza delivery robot.
The Australian wing of the company plans to make a Domino Robotic Unit (DRU). DRU is an autonomous vehicle that can follow a map, navigate sidewalks, avoid any obstacles in its way, and can deliver your pizza, at your front door, keeping it hot and fresh.
It will also deliver cold drinks along with pizzas. This may seem a marketing stunt to many, however, the spokesperson of the Domino’s confirmed that these robots are real and they will soon be launching them. The CEO and Managing Director of Domino’s group, Don Meij, said in a release:
“DRU is cheeky and endearing and we are confident that one day he will become an integral part of the Domino’s family. He’s a road to the future and one that we are very excited about exploring further”
Domino’s has been secretly testing the four wheel robot on the streets of Queensland, Australia. The company acquired a special permission from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, to operate the autonomous robot. Talking about the innovations, Domino’s is currently working on, Meij said:
“The DRU prototype is only the first step in our research and development as we continue to develop a range of innovations set to revolutionize the entire pizza-ordering experience”
DRU has been built by Australian defense company, Marathon Robotics, which has previously created several autonomous moving targets for defense and law enforcement, to use in target practice.
The DRU has to pass many hurdles before it takes on the roads. According to Marathon Robotics, it has unveiled the autonomous pizza truck in some countries including Australia, France, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Belgium, and Netherlands.
Now the 2 major questions are: When will this be coming to the biggest pizza market, the USA? And when a robot delivers a pizza, do you have to tip it or not?