NEW YORK — Domnino’s has a new delivery driver, and he (she?) doesn’t even have to get out of the car to hand you that extra large pizza!
Domino’s Australia — independent from the U.S. based pizza chain, but pays a royalty to use the name, logo and recipes — has developed a self-driving robot that can deliver hot food and cold drinks.
And it even has a name. DRU — short for for Domino’s Robotic Unit — completed its first trial delivery earlier this month.
The robot uses GPS for navigation and can sense and avoid obstacles as it travels. It is designed to travel on bike paths or footpaths and can reach speeds of 12 mph. It’s not clear how far the robot will travel to deliver a pizza.
A hidden locked compartment pops up to reveal hot and cold chambers that hold your order; you get to the pizza by using a security code sent to your phone.
And you thought ordering pizza using emojis was fun.