Domino’s Pizza is testing a new delivery system for its pizzas in New Zealand: the robot.
The Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU) is a three-foot-tall battery-powered unit that has a heating compartment to store up to 10 pizzas. The unit can drive 12.5 miles from the shop with its cargo.
The robot sports sensors for detecting obstacles on its route, and customers are given a unique code to key into the pizza compartment once it arrives at their house to prevent thieves from trying to steal its goods en route.
It has been designed to drive on both roads and pavements, and will return to its store to recharge once the delivery has been completed.
“DRU is cheeky and endearing and we are confident that one day he will become an integral part of the Domino’s family,” the chain’s New Zealand general manager, Scott Bush, said.
“He’s a road to the future and one that we are very excited about exploring further.”