Written by Kayla Stroud, SpecTech Editor
The average pimple-faced teenage delivery boy that we’ve all become accustomed to bringing us our favorite pepperoni topped treats is getting futuristic.
The Australian independent branch of the pizza franchise, Dominos, is developing an innovative way of bringing starving customers their pies by creating a robot.
According to NOLA, the new four wheeled prototype model DRU which stands for Dominos Robotic Unit completed its first trial run earlier this month – the first of its kind. The DRU stands just three feet tall, weighs 190 kilograms and can hold up to 10 pizzas at a time.
“DRU is cheeky and endearing and we are confident that one day he will become an integral part of the Domino’s family,” New Zealand general manager Scott Bush told AFP.
Domino’s has already started using a DRU to deliver its pizzas and are looking to develop more.
It goes up to extreme speeds of 12.5 mph…Thankfully the Australian drivers don’t have to deal with waiting for DRU in traffic as it rides down bike paths and sidewalks to find the fastest route.
“We need to work with government to change regulations,” Gillespie said. “Working with them is hopefully going to push new frontiers and new boundaries that people would’ve thought were possible for many years to come.”
Domino’s latest “deliveryman” stands three feet tall and doesn’t need to be tipped. It has ferried pizzas in Brisbane at a top speed of 12 mph, and the company’s Australian master franchise said it’s excited by what could come next.
“We have a relentless passion to push the boundaries of what’s possible with pizza delivery,” Michael Gillespie, chief digital officer for Domino’s in Australia, said. “As we get further, it’s not hard to believe that we might have a store with a couple of [robots] that are doing deliveries.”
Would it be considered socially unacceptable to not tip a robot for its service?
No word if it has an anti-theft clause because something tells me that this DRU won’t be hovering around the streets without conflict.