Published Date : Mar 21, 2016
Now pizza can get delivered with the help of robots. In Australia, Domino’s Pizza has developed a robotic unit to deliver pizzas to its customers. Termed as the first commercial autonomous delivery vehicle across the globe, the Domino’s Robotic Unit, better known as DRU, has been developed in partnership with Marathon Robotics that has expertise in making targets for live-fire army training. Weighing 190 kg and running at a speed of 20 kilometres per hour, the DRU can overcome obstacles and navigate driveways and fences. Cameras are installed in the DRU to catch any pizza snatchers and the robotic unit will also chat with a customer while delivering the pizza.
According to Don Meij, the CEO of Domino’s Pizza, safety has been one of the primary focuses while developing the robotic unit. He further added that it sounds quite crazy that the pizza delivery chain uses one-and-a-half tonne vehicles to deliver pizzas weighing a few hundred grams. The robotic unit will appear over the next six months but would be available on roads after around two years. The CEO has stated that more time would be dedicated to make the robotic unit safe and foolproof on roads.
Domino’s Designs DXP for Pizza Delivery
It is interesting to see how the pizza delivering chain is focussing on efficient and easy delivery of pizza. Last year, in October, Domino’s unveiled the DXP, its first vehicle designed exclusively for delivering pizza. The vehicle is a heavily modified version of the 2015 Chevrolet Spark model where an oven has been installed to keep the pizzas heated at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The passenger seat has been scrapped to make space for storing napkins, soda bottles, and dipping sauce. The vehicle can hold up to 80 pizzas at a time.