Pizza is one of the most beloved foods in the developed world. Of course one reason for this is that you can have it any way you want it. It might also have something to do with the fact that you can have it delivered to your front door at almost any hour of the day.
With that in mind, then, what is the next frontier in the pizza industry?
Apparently, it is pizza-delivering robots.
Domino’s Pizza [Australia] has teamed up with Marathon Robotics to develop a “pizza-bot” that will do just that. According to Lifehacker Australia, the machine weighs about 450 pounds and stands roughly 3 feet tall. It has storage hatches for up to 10 pizzas, of course, but can also carry drinks or whatever else you might order from their menu.
They call the device DRU.
This robot is no joke, too. When it comes to hardware, the machine uses LIDAR sensors to detect the world around it, as well as GPS, of course, to navigate to the customer’s door. And don’t worry, your order will be locked safe in a compartment until you enter a code to retrieve it.
Basically, Lifehacker Australia refers to the tech as a “$30k military grade robot refitted for pizza delivery.” But it looks a bit like the Disney/Pixar hero, Wall-E.
So far they have tested the robot on the streets of Brisbane, Australia; and while no test date in New Zealand has yet been announced, the country’s Transport minister, Simon Bridges, comments: “This is an exciting opportunity for New Zealand… over the last 12 months I’ve been actively and aggressively promoting New Zealand as a test bed for new transport technology trials.”
Testing is still going on as the device still needs a little human assistance now and then. Obviously, they still have far to go in terms of efficiency, safety, security, and programming. Still, Domino’s is building some great buzz about the DRU robot, buzz which hopefully translate to a successful launch once testing is complete.