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via Mirror

Domino’s customers in Europe could soon be the first to get their pizzas delivered by self-driving robots.

The popular pizza chain has teamed up with Starship Technologies, which is building a fleet of autonomous robots designed to deliver goods locally.

The robots, which travel along the pavement on six wheels, will start delivering pizzas within a 1 mile radius around Domino’s outlets in selected German and Dutch cities.

Domino’s has been exploring the use of robot and drone technologies for delivery for some time, and has set up a dedicated Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU) to carry out testing.

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Last year, the company completed its first ever drone delivery in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand, after partnering with drone company Flirtey.

According to Domino’s boss Don Meij, robots and drones are crucial to helping the company achieve its growth ambitions.

“Robotic delivery units will complement our existing delivery methods, including cars, scooters and e-bikes, ensuring our customers can get the hottest, freshest-made pizza delivered directly to them, wherever they are,” he said.

“With our growth plans over the next five to 10 years, we simply won’t have enough delivery drivers if we do not look to add to our fleet through initiatives such as this.”

Starship Technologies, established in 2014 by the co-founders of Skype, has been working on several pilot programmes in Europe and the US.

Online food delivery service Just Eat launched the world’s first robot takeaway delivery service in London last year, in partnership with Starship Technologies.

domWhen a restaurant receives an order from Just Eat, it will have the option to request a robot delivery. While the meal is being prepared, the robot will travel autonomously to the restaurant from a local depot.

The robots are designed to drive totally unaided while being monitored by human operators in control centres who can take over at any time. Read More