Domino’s may soon be delivering cheesy goodness to your doorstep with self-driving pizza delivery robots.
The company has begun testing an invention called the Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU) in New Zealand. The autonomous pizza delivery robot carried out its first successful delivery on March 8 and the company is working with authorities in New Zealand to do a larger-scale trial in the country.
In a video showcasing DRU, it is revealed that the vehicle’s development began in 2015 and uses software developed by Australian military contractor, Marathon. Marathon manufactures autonomous robots with obstacle-avoidance capabilities.
As a result, DRU packs plenty of onboard sensors to help it avoid any obstacles on its way to delivering pizza. Or rather, anything that Domino’s now offers since the company no longer focuses just on pizza.
Measuring about 3.3 feet tall, the self-driving vehicle has two different compartments to keep beverages cool and food hot. It can hold up to 10 pizzas and customers access their food with an order-specific code. DRU can also travel up to 12 miles on a single charge.