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We have seen the e-commerce giant Amazon's plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using a small unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) - the Prime Air. Now, the pizza giant Domino's has unveiled an autonomous pizza delivery robot that is being trialed in New Zealand.
The company has unveiled the Domino's Robotic Unit (DRU) and announced that the bot had already carried out its first successful pizza delivery on March 8. The robotic unit is an autonomous delivery vehicle and is set to take the world by storm.
"Imagine a world in which your pizza is delivered by a driver-less 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" the company wrote in a statement on its website.
The vehicle's development started in 2015 and was pushed towards commercialization by Domino's Australia-based skunkworks DLab. Have a look at the slider below to know more.
DRU is 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.
DRU is currently able to navigate from a starting point to his destination, selecting the best path of travel. The on-board sensors enable the robot to perceive obstacles along the way and avoid them if necessary.
The company confirmed the idea for DRU came from within their internal innovation sessions and has been developed within Domino's own DLAB, a purpose built lab aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs commercialism their ideas.
A start date for the Domino's trial has not been announced, but New Zealand's government is already very excited about it.
Domino's confirmed that DRU has been involved in a number of customer deliveries in restricted streets identified by the Department under special permit and is operated in semi-autonomous mode to ensure he complies with current regulation. The trials are a big step forward in commercializing fully autonomous delivery vehicles.