Pizza giant Domino’s is among the many who believe autonomous vehicles are the future and is hard at work developing and testing what it calls the world’s first autonomous pizza delivery robot.
Dubbed Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU), development of the curious robot commenced in 2015 with the help of Australian military contractor Marathon. The robot uses a variety of sensors to detect any obstacles impeding its ability to deliver toasty hot pizza and carried out its very first delivery earlier in the year.
While DRU is more of a marketing ploy than anything, the company is actually in talks with authorities in New Zealand to start large scale testing of the robot as it attempts to improve the speed and efficiency of pizza delivery. This is serious business after all.
As the robot is so small, we can’t imagine any authorities approving it for use on public roads meaning it’ll probably prove most effective in densely populated areas, sticking to the sidewalk for small journeys.