Autonomous pizza delivery planned for Houston

June 19, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Autonomous pizza delivery planned for Houston
Pizza restaurant chain Domino's Pizza (Ann Arbor, MI) and robotics company Nuro (Mountain View, CA) have announced that they are partnering on an autonomous pizza delivery pilot to deliver pizza to residents in Houston, Texas.

The pilot program will use Nuro's custom unmanned vehicle, known as the R2, to serve select Houston Domino's customers who place orders online. This partnership, say the companies, will expand Nuro's autonomous delivery operations, which have been successfully running in the Houston metro area since March.

"We are excited to expand our autonomous delivery service in Houston with Domino's delivery," says Cosimo Leipold, Nuro's head of partner relations. "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."

Domino's customers who order online from one of the restaurant's participating stores will have the opportunity to use Nuro's autonomous delivery. Once they have opted in, customers can track the vehicle via the Domino's app and will be provided with a unique PIN code to unlock the compartment to get their pizza when it arrives.

Kevin Vasconi, Domino's executive vice president and chief information officer says, "We are always looking for new ways to innovate and evolve the delivery experience for our customers. 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."

The pilot program is planned for later this year.

Nuro

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