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It may not be too long before your Domino’s pizza is delivered to you via a self-driving car.
Yesterday, Domino’s and Ford Motor Company revealed that they are testing self-driving vehicles as pizza delivery cars.
Within the next few weeks, Domino’s will be offering randomly selected customers in the US State of Michigan the option to receive their delivery from a Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous tester vehicle.
A Ford engineer will still be manually driving the vehicle, with researchers trying to crack the code on how to deliver pizza without a driver – as well as noting how customers react to the revolutionary delivery service.
However, the company's greatest challenge isn’t getting the car to drive itself, but it is about getting the pizza from the curb to the customers front door.
This isn’t actually the first time that Domino’s took an interest in autonomous vehicles. In 2016, the pizza chain introduced the "Domino's Robotic Unit" in New Zealand. The robot, essentially an oven-refrigerator hybrid on wheels, was the "world's first autonomous pizza delivery vehicle," according to Domino's.
Ford is planning to begin the production of its self-driving vehicles in 2021 and tests with chains such as Domino’s are helping companies, such as Ford, to expand their autonomous technology.
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