The future is definitely here.
Nuro, a self-driving delivery company is gearing up to start delivering Domino's pizza in the Houston area. Nuro will use their soon-to-be released R2 robot to make the deliveries.
The R1 robot which looks like a cross between a microbus and a handbag has been delivering groceries in Scottsdale, Arizona, and in Houston for a few months now.
Clients who order a pizza will need to meet the robot on the street and use a special code to unlock the robots compartments to grab their steaming hot delivery.
Nuro ready to lead the future of autonomous delivery
“Partnering with Domino’s marks an important step on our journey to become the autonomous delivery partner of choice for retailers of all kinds,” Nuro explained on their blog.
Trials of robotic delivery systems have been increasing in the last few months.
Washington signs on to trial robot delivery systems
Last month, Washington State became the 8th US state to allow for trials of robotic delivery systems opening up another area for startups to test their ever improving systems.
The news from Washington state was welcomed by firms like Starship Technologies and Amazon who are both testing small robotic delivery systems.
Starship technologies is testing a fleet of delivery vehicles at George Mason University in Virginia. Students and teachers can enjoy the efficient delivery of pizza, doughnuts, and coffee across campus.
Enjoy fast access on campus
Twenty-five robots have begun work on the campus, that can deliver food ordered from Blaze Pizza, Starbucks and Dunkin’ for a $1.99 fee.
Amazon is also testing a fleet of fully-electric autonomous delivery robots in Washington. The wheeled cooler-sized robots called Amazon Scouts began deliveries in Snohomish County, Washington in January.
The robots were developed by Amazon and can roll around their delivery routes at a walking pace. The six-wheeled boxy bots have an array of sensors that help it navigate the suburbs, while detecting obstacles, pets, and people.
In a demo video released by the logistics giant, Scout is seen trundling along the sidewalk before stopping in front of its designated delivery location.
Robots and humans are getting along
Critics of autonomous delivery systems complain that the robots will cause accidents and slow down pedestrian access throughout the city. So far, there have been no reported accidents between the robots and humans.
Robotic delivery vehicles use a combination of sensors and cameras, GPS and machine learning to navigate through crowds. They have the ability to map their environment and avoid obstacles autonomously.
Other states that have embraced the future of delivery include Virginia, Idaho, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, Utah, and Arizona.
Big tech-loving states like California are trying to deal with heavy bureaucracy before they can boast same-day robot delivery.