Domino’s, the worldwide pizza chain, recently revealed its plans for the launch of an autonomous delivery vehicle named DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit). The DRU is a repurposed military robot designed to deliver pizza right at your doorstep. It was developed in partnership between Domino and Marathon Robotics, an Australian startup company.
Domino’s Group CEO and Managing Director, Don Meij argued that autonomous vehicles were set to open up new opportunities and create an boost for innovation for Domino’s globally. “The DRU prototype is only the first step in our research and development as we continue to develop a range of innovations set to revolutionize the entire pizza ordering experience”, he said.
The pizza-delivery robot uses, according to engadget, DRU uses LIDAR, the same technology utilized by self-driving cars, to identify the surrounding environment and has built-in GPS tracking technology that syncs with Google Maps.
“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,” Meij added.