Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (Domino’s) has developed the world’s first self-driving robot that can deliver hot food and cold drinks. The company’s Australian branch unveiled the autonomous delivery vehicle named DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) in Brisbane on Thursday night.
“Imagine a world in which your pizza is delivered by a driverless vehicle. A world in which you collect your piping hot Pepperoni Pizza and Garlic Bread from the compartment of a four-wheeled robot named DRU. It might not be as far off as you first thought…”
Domino wrote in a post.
The concept of DRU came from within the company’s internal innovation sessions and has been developed within Domino’s own DLAB.
According to the pizza giant DRU is a four-wheeled vehicle built with refined forms combined with a friendly persona and lighting to help customers identify and interact with it. It can keep the customer’s order hot and drinks cold while traveling on the footpath from the store to the customer’s door at a safe speed. It can follow a map, choose a safe path and avoid obstacles.
“With autonomous vehicles opening up possibilities for saving lives, saving time and moving goods more efficiently, we look forward to continuing our work in this field and leading the commercial trials so that our customers can reap the benefits,”
said Domino’s Group CEO and Managing Director Don Meij in a release.
The autonomous vehicle robot has already acquired the permission from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and being tested on the streets of Queensland, Australia.