Last year, drones have been making headlines for companies like Amazon and other online retailers to deliver your on-line orders. Now, robots are being programmed to deliver your late-night pizza. Domino's is making sure of that when the company recently showcased its "commercial autonomous delivery vehicle." They call it the Domino's Robotic Unit or DRU.
The concept has been a collaborative effort between the pizza company in Australia and Marathon Robotics. Marathon is also the same robotics company that is responsible for supplying military-grade robot units. According to Marathon, the prototype is still in its testing stages and has been making its rounds in specific Australian neighborhoods. It is described to be 450 pounds and can travel up to 12.4 miles per hour. It uses the same LIDAR laser-light sensory technology as self-driving cars do to avoid obstacles in its path.
Not only that, the DRU has a water-tight, weather-proof acrylic plastic exterior and aluminum and mild steel interior for keeping orders at their best. It's like the pizza jacket for the box.
So far, testing has been positive. It has been tested on pathways and roads in Australia. However, the size, speed and autonomous navigation may not make it available to hit the open roads and highways soon. It is also repored by LifeHacker Australia that the DRU will need a GPS powered guidance system to maneuver inside the neighborhoods.
While delivery is its major goal, Forbes has it that Domino's major concern is safety. The DRU will need to follow the rules of the road and at the same time follow proper food storage procedures for food consumption.
Have you already thought about how much you're going to tip the DRU when it delivers your pepperoni pizza within 30 minutes?