Domino's Australia has been working in a development lab with Australian start-up company, 'Marathon Robotics' for about six months to create DRU, the world's first autonomous delivery vehicle. The white, four-wheeled robotic unit can travel up to speeds of 20 kilometres and is able to navigate the streets independently, with a built in sensory system that uses lasers to identify obstacles and calculate the best path to take.Inside DRU's sleek white exterior lies a temperature-controlled box designed to keep your pizza's piping hot and your drinks cold that rises up from inside the device to allow customers to collect their meal after imputing a unique code.
Domino's Group CEO and Managing Director, Don Meij, thinks traditional delivery methods are still 'quite an inefficient way for the future'.
The Australian entrepreneur, who started out as a delivery driver himself, said the new system has the potential to reduce costs to the business like wages. Consumers will have to meet the robot outside on the curb as he is not yet able to climb stairs or open doors.
DRU's autonomous delivery system will eliminate human error, like getting lost or in a car accident, which Mr Meij claims will only make pizza deliveries much safer, DailyMail reports.