Dominos Pizza has unveiled its plans for a trial of the first driverless pizza robots for delivery in the world. The robot, known as Dominos Robotic Unit, affectionately called DRU, will debut in both Australia as well as New Zealand.
The robot was designed and developed in Australia. It is powered by Marathon Robotics technology. The robot has is friendly and has lighting which helps its customers identify as well as interact with the device.
DRU is a vehicle with four wheels standing at a little less than one meter high contains a compartment that is heated and can hold as many as 10 pizzas.
DRU is powered by a battery, uses sensors on board to avoid any obstacles. It is able to make deliveries with a 20km radius of the store, prior to returning for a recharge.
Customers receive a special code when ordering, which they in turn enter onto the keypad of the robot to unlock a compartment that contains the pizza they ordered.
Don Meij the Managing Director and CEO of Dominos Group said that these autonomous vehicles would open new opportunities up and create a push for innovations for the pizza chain globally.
He added that the DRU is just our first step in the research and development as the company continues to develop completely new ranges of innovation that are set to revolutionize the complete experience of pizza ordering.
Dominos has worked with the department of transportation, as well as with other partners globally to make sure the concept of a delivery droid meets with all legal requirements for being on the road while being tested as well as trialed.
The government of New Zealand is backing plans of a roll out of the DRU. The general manager for Dominos in New Zealand Scott Bush announced that the DRU is endearing and the company is confident one day it will be an important part of our pizza chain and family.
New Zealand continues to work on regulations that relate to autonomous vehicles like the DRU that can operate both on footpaths as well as on roads.