Domino’s wants to make autonomous pizza delivery a practical reality. That is why the chain has unveiled plans to deliver pies to “select” Houston customers in 2019 using Nuro’s self-driving R2 vehicle. If you order online from a participating store, you may get the choice of a robotic vehicle. If you pick that you’ll get a PIN code to unlock a compartment on the R2 and grab your pizza.
Sadly, this isn’t great news for human delivery drivers, but Domino’s is betting that this could help stores deal with the huge amount of orders and get you your pizza on time.
This isn’t a surprising move for Domino’s. It’s is used to technological solutions for ordering and delivering pizza. For Nuro, though, this is big. The company’s early driverless delivery projects have focused on groceries so far. Now, it is in a position to deliver food for a major restaurant. And that means that you could see its vehicles on the streets more often if the Domino’s team-up is successful.
This doesn’t affect the customer all that much, except that you will be retrieving the pie yourself and you will have no human interaction. Kind of sad really. But enjoy the pizza.