Domino’s Introduces First-Ever Pizza Delivery Robot

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It looks like those working in the pizza delivery field will have a little competition. In Australia, pizza company Domino’s has invented a robot that is capable of delivering pizza.

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The 3-foot, 450-pound robot is capable of driving to areas within a 20-kilometer radius with a speed of 12.4 miles an hour. The unique droid was unveiled in Brisbane last March. It is a product of military robotics and enhancements done by the company. Called the Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU), the prototype is designed to take on rough terrains and uneven pavements.

Customers need not to worry about theft as the robot has a unique code in the pizza compartment. Now the most important factor with pizza delivery lies with the product itself. Domino’s has that covered as the droid boasts “water-tight, weather-proof acrylic plastic exterior and aluminum and mild steel interior” to keep orders.

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Similar to today’s autonomous cars, DRU uses LIDAR laser-light sensory to detect any obstacles along the way. As for charging, DRU is programmed to return to the store if it detects any signs of low battery. Its intelligence and capability marks the invention to be the first autonomous commercial delivery vehicle.

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DRU is not just designed to deliver pizzas or cold drinks. He was fashioned with a personality fitting to Domino’s brand. “DRU is cheeky and endearing, and we are confident that one day, he will become an integral part of the Domino’s family,” Domino’s Group CEO, Don Meji, said during the launching. “He’s a road to the future and one that we are very excited about exploring further.”

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DRU is yet to have an official release date, though, as the company still needs to work with the government considering regulations on self-driving vehicles in both Australia and New Zealand. Until then, Domino’s has taken pride in their slew of inventions that have introduced innovations to the fast-food business, including built-in heaters in pizza delivery trucks and easy-order button for pizza delivery requests.

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With an intricate and not to mention trusted military design, DRU will have no problem being introduced to the market, and it won’t come as a surprise that this will launch a new age of delivery droids in the future.

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