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Domino’s Pizza to use robots for pizza delivery in Europe

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Staff Writer | Thursday March 30, 2017 5:57AM ET
Domino’s Pizza
Food and technology   Robotic Unit to expand

Domino’s Pizza is expanding its robot delivery service to Europe. The company is teaming up with the London-based startup, Starship Technologies, to deliver pizza in Germany and the Netherlands with robots.




This isn’t the first time that a robot has delivered Domino’s pizzas. The company has formed a group called Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU) to oversee this operation.

The first successful robot pizza delivery was done last March in New Zealand. It also made a delivery by drone in November.

Starship, founded by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, created six-wheeled, self-driving delivery robots that will be able to deliver pizza within a one-mile radius of certain Domino’s pizza shops in selected German cities and locations throughout the Netherlands.

The robot has a maximum speed of four miles per hour and able to carry up to 20 pounds. Known as DRU, it is designed to travel on the sidewalk and capable of detecting and avoiding obstacles, such as cars, trash cans, and curious bystanders.

The public wonders if the robots will eventually take the job of the delivery drivers.

The company said the robot is only a “complement to its deliveries in cars and bicycles,” and it will create more jobs for humans too, including maintaining the robots and loading pizzas into DRU.

 
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