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Domino's set to introduce pizza delivery robots

Domino’s pizza are planning to use robots to deliver food and drinks.

The Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU) will be a four wheeled vehicle with compartments built to keep the customer’s order piping hot and drinks cold whilst traveling on the footpath at a safe speed from the store to the customer's door.

The three-foot tall robot will be able to navigate from a starting point to his destination, selecting the best path of travel. His on-board sensors enable him to perceive obstacles along the way and avoid them if necessary.

The battery powered unit will reportedly hold up to 10 pizzas and will be capable of driving up to  self-driving up to 12.5 miles, or 20 km from a Domino’s store.

The innovation was revealed by Domino’s in New Zealand but Group CEO and Managing Director Don Meij said that autonomous vehicles were set to open up new opportunities for Domino’s globally.

He said: “This highlights what can happen when disruptive thinking is fostered - it turns into a commercially viable and revolutionary product.

“It allows Domino’s to explore new concepts and push the boundaries of what is possible for our customers. The DRU prototype is only the first step in our research and development as we continue to develop a range of innovations set to revolutionise the entire pizza ordering experience.”

New Zealand General Manager, Scott Bush said: “The possibility of DRU making an appearance in the trial and testing phase in New Zealand is very real, and is something we are excited about. We are working with the Ministry of Transport and the NZTA to ensure all relevant legislative requirements are met and we are pushing hard to get DRU on New Zealand roads in the near future.”

Mr Bush confirmed that DRU will one day fit into and enhance the existing team of delivery experts and when he does will be a welcomed addition to the team.

He added: “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.”

Earlier this year, Domino's introduced an 'easy order button' that customers could press to get pizza delivered straightway.

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