Domino's has already explored some pretty edgy ways of getting its pizzas to hungry customers, including flying robots and others that roll along the ground. Domino's latest foray in automated pizza delivery they have teamed up with Ford for a self-driving vehicle research project that could one day mean... goodbye pizza guy.
The idea is described as consumer research and is aimed at learning how customers feel about having their pizza delivered by a self-driving vehicle. The Ford vehicles will be driven manually and carry researchers onboard, with participating customers able to track the delivery vehicle through GPS and then receive a text message when it arrives. That text message will also include a code to unlock the Heatwave compartment inside the vehicle and retrieve the pizza.
The researchers want to see what is the best way to deliver the pizzas to the customers, whether it is if the car should park in the driveway or on the curb. All of the testing that Domino's is doing is focused on a goal to someday make deliveries with self-driving vehicles as customer friendly as possible.
The cars that will be used for the trial are Ford's Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicles and the trial will begin in the coming weeks with randomly-selected customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan!
Watch the video below to find out more about the "autonomous-pizza-delivery".