Nuro's self-driving robot delivers Domino's Pizza orders
Nuro's self-driving robot delivers Domino's Pizza orders

Domino's Pizza announced today (Monday) that it will start serving pizza in Houston this week via its autonomous robot Nuru, and that it will not interact with anyone as part of the pilot program.

The company said: Some Houston customers who place prepaid delivery orders at their Woodland Heights store at a specified date and time may use the Nuro R2 robot to get pizza.

“Our brand also has a great deal of knowledge about the independent delivery room,” Dennis Maloney, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Domino's Pizza, said in a statement.

He added: The program will help us better understand how customers interact with deliveries, how they interact with robots, and how they affect business operations.

The robot uses radar, a 360-degree camera, and thermal imaging to control its movement.

Customers will receive text messages informing them of the location of the robot and the PIN required to access the pizza using the Android touch screen.

During the pandemic, the independent contactless food industry has accelerated its development and Nuro is currently expected to be a leader in this area.

"Nuro's mission is to improve everyday life through robots," Dave Ferguson, Nuro's co-founder and chairman, said in a statement.

We are passionate about bringing standalone delivery robots to our Domino Pizza Houston customer base.

It should be noted that this is the first time that food delivery by electric, driverless and driverless cars has been carried out on the streets of Houston.

Nuro initially announced the formation of a pizza partnership with Domino and began testing in Houston in 2019. That same year his cars began moving Kruger grocery stores to Houston and Phoenix.

In late 2020, it was approved to begin testing on public roads in California to introduce products from partners such as Walmart.

In February, the Nuro R2 robot was the first fully automatic crossover vehicle approved by the Department of Transportation supervisory authority and, in particular, to exempt federal safety requirements.

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