Domino’s Pizza Driverless Delivery


Claro Bacaltos, Layout Editor

New Technologies are quickly being developed and just recently, Domino’s Pizza’s driverless delivery appears to have livened up the streets of Houston, Texas. The people of Houston were stunned by the extraordinary mechanism that has been delivering their pizzas to their homes.

Domino’s Pizza, is the largest pizza company based on global retail sales, and Nuro, the leading self-driving car company, just launched an autonomous pizza delivery in Houston. Beginning the week of April 12, 2021, selected customers who placed a prepared order from Domino’s Woodland Heights location had the opportunity to choose their orders being delivered by Nuro’s R-2 Robot.

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The Nuro’s R-2 Robot is a completely autonomous on-road vehicle which means there is no person driving the vehicle; R-2 will drive the order to the address of the customers which involves a pin that the customer received in order to retrieve their order from the vehicle.

“Customers who are selected will receive notification via text messages to update them with the location of the R2’s and provide them with a unique PIN to receive their orders. On the other hand, customers may also track the vehicle via GPS on their order confirmation page. Once the R2 vehicle arrives, customers will be prompted to enter their PIN on the bot’s touchscreen and the R2 doors will gently open upwards revealing the customer’s hot Domino’s order,” Domino’s explained

This is the first completely automated vehicle without any occupants that received regulatory approval from the U.S Department of Transportation. In a report at CNBC, Nuro was founded by two former members of Google’s self-driving team that raised $500 million in its last funding round.

“Nuro’s mission is to improve everyday life through robotics. Now for the first time, we’re launching real-world, autonomous delivery systems with R2 and Dominos,” Dave Ferguson, Nuro’ co-founder and president said in a statement. “We’re excited to introduce our autonomous delivery bots to select a set of Domino’s customers in Houston. We can’t wait to see what they think.”

Dennis Maloney, Dominos’ Senior Vice-President and Chief Innovation O even said in a statement that they’re excited about innovating the deliveries of the Domino’s customers by testing this R-2 Robot vehicle with Nuro. They have so much to learn about this autonomous vehicle, and through this program, it could allow them to understand how customers respond to the deliveries, how they interact with a robot, and how it would affect the store operations. “The growing demand for great-tasting pizza creates the need for more deliveries,” and they look forward to seeing the autonomous vehicle working alongside Domino’s existing delivery experts to better support the customer’s needs.