Domino’s Pizza recently announced that it will test the world’s first pizza delivery robot. The 3-foot high bot dubbed the Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU) will be trained to deliver hot delicious pizzas to customers’ doorsteps in New Zealand.
DRU is fully autonomous, battery-powered, and able of performing his duty across a 12.5 mile range from the restaurant. The machine is equipped with a compartment that can keep up to 10 pizzas warm until they reach their destination.
According to the pizza chain, the compartment is locked to prevent thieves from grabbing its cargo en route. Customers can open the container through a unique code when the robot arrives at their doorstep.
The bot’s sensors can sense obstacles, while the machine drives on roads or sidewalk. It is instructed to return to base the moment its battery goes dangerously low. Scott Bush, head of the chain’s New Zealand arm, expressed his hope that the bot may soon become a member of the ‘Domino’s family.’
Bush added that the new tool was a ‘road to the future,’ a topic the company has been looking forward to exploring for years now. The chain and the country’s officials are currently negotiating a date for the tests to begin. New Zealand does not yet have a clear legislation for automated vehicles.
In 2015, Domino’s unveiled the ‘easy order’ button, a gizmo that allows clients to order pizza when they feel that the traditional method via the phone or Internet requires just too much effort.
The button is connected to customers’ phones through Bluetooth. Once the button is pressed, it prompts an app on the smartphone to place the order based on each customer’s previously recorded preferences. The button will glow to tell users that the pizza will be delivered soon.
Domino’s said that it would give away some of the Easy Order Buttons only to ‘superfans’ next year. Fans will be eligible for the buttons, which come in limited edition, after some sort of competition. The rules of the competition will be made public in December.
Still, if you’re not a die-hard fan, you can enjoy the Easy Order button on your smartphone via an app or on the company’s website.
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