Thursday 30 March 2017

Robots Soon Be Able To Deliver Pizzas Near You


Some roboticists build machines to try and change the world, while others have more humble aspirations – like getting them to deliver pizza.

Domino’s is set to trial delivering your delicious pizza using a robot instead of the customary delivery man or woman.

The worldwide pizza chain will begin using six-wheeled autonomous vehicles to bring customers their pizza in Hamburg, Germany, this summer.


They are partnering with Estonian-based start-up Starship Technologies who want to “revolutionise local delivery” with an alternative to Amazon’s plan for delivering your orders with drones.

“Robotic delivery units will complement our existing delivery methods, including cars, scooters and e-bikes,” Don Meij, Domino’s CEO, told recode.

“With our growth plan over the next five to 10 years, we simply won’t have enough delivery drivers if we do not look to add to our fleet through initiatives such as this.”

Starship has ambitions for “a world where you can send and receive anything you want, anytime and anywhere”.

The bot’s movements can be tracked and its storage compartment can only be opened by people with adequate permissions, according to its makers.

“Its gentle speed means it poses no danger and makes delivery a breeze for all,” according to Starship.

The robot delivery will initially only be available to customers living within a mile of the Hamburg restaurant, while the robot will be accompanied by a human for the start of the trial.

Pizza delivery by robot has already been trialled in New Zealand, while pizza drones have also been tested.



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