Pizza lovers in Houston, Texas will soon be able to order online and have their favourite pizzas delivered by an autonomous vehicle known as the R2. The partnership – between Domino’s and the robotics group Nuro – will provide an unmanned fleet to serve select Houston customers who place orders online.
Kevin Vasconi, Domino’s executive vice president and chief information officer says: “Nuro’s vehicles are specially designed to optimize the food delivery experience, which makes them a valuable partner in our autonomous vehicle journey. The opportunity to bring our customers the choice of an unmanned delivery experience, and our operators an additional delivery solution during a busy store rush, is an important part of our autonomous vehicle testing.”
Cosimo Leipold, Nuro’s head of partner relations, says: “Domino’s delivers millions of pizzas around the world every day, and the company shares our passion for focusing on the customer experience. We see incredible opportunity in offering Nuro’s world-class autonomous technology to Domino’s customers, accelerating our shared mission to transform local commerce.”
Nuro began making driverless deliveries to the public in 2018. It has raised more than $1 billion in financing from investors including Softbank.