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DRU delivers its pizza cargo to a home in New Zealand CREDIT: DOMINOS

Domino’s claims is a world first, having developed a safe and secure pizza delivery.

The company is testing pizza delivery by robot in New Zealand, known as the Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU). The three-foot tall battery-powered unit contains a heated compartment for storing up to 10 pizzas, and is capable of self-driving up to 12.5 miles, or 20 km from a shop.

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DRU returns to its Domino’s store of origin to recharge once it has delivered its pizza CREDIT: DOMINOS

The robot sports sensors for detecting obstacles on its route, and customers are given a unique code to key into the pizza compartment once it arrives at their house to prevent thieves from trying to steal its goods en route.

 

It has been designed to drive on both roads and pavements, and will return to its store to recharge once the delivery has been completed.

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The ‘cheeky’ robot is just under a metre tall CREDIT: DOMINOS

“DRU is cheeky and endearing and we are confident that one day he will become an integral part of the Domino’s family,” the chain’s New Zealand general manager Scott Bush said.

In a similar twist CEO of Carl Juniors a fast-food company is causing a stir on social media after claiming that he wants to create a fully automated restaurant.

“We could have a restaurant that’s focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa, where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person,” Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider.

Puzder says the automated restaurant would be cheaper since he wouldn’t have to worry about rising minimum wage.

“If you’re making labor more expensive, and automation less expensive- this is not rocket science,” Puzder said.

“They’re always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case,” says Puzder of swapping employees for machines. “Millennials like not seeing people. I’ve been inside restaurants where we’ve installed ordering kiosks… and I’ve actually seen young people waiting in line to use the kiosk where there’s a person standing behind the counter, waiting on nobody.”

Carl's Jr. CEO says he wants to replace employees with machines.

Needless to say, many customers were less than pleased with the idea.

Uber with its own road to progress is investigating ‘driverless’ cars 

Ride-hailing service Uber [UBER.UL] has sounded out car companies about placing a large order for self-driving cars, an auto industry source said on Friday.

“They wanted autonomous cars,” the source, who declined to be named, said. “It seemed like they were shopping around.”

Loss-making Uber would make drastic savings on its biggest cost — drivers — if it were able to incorporate self-driving cars into its fleet.

Volkswagen’s Audi , Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz, BMW and car industry suppliers Bosch and Continental are all working on technologies for autonomous or semi-autonomous cars.

Earlier on Friday, Germany’s Manager Magazin reported that Uber had placed an order for at least 100,000 Mercedes S-Class cars, citing sources at both companies.

But even more concerning are Humanoid robots who can interact with us, with facial expression and ‘decision making’ ….well all most.

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And Hitchbot who came to an untimely end.