Self-Driving Domino's Pizza Car

Just when you thought pizza delivery had caught up with science fiction - see Snow Crash And Domino's DXP Pizza Delivery Vehicle - now modern technology in the service of capitalism produces self-driving pizza delivery vehicles. Just about.

Domino's Pizza is unveiling a new partnership with Ford Motor Co. with the goal of self-driving vehicles delivering pizza to customers.

Customers who order delivery in the Ann Arbor area in the coming days could see a Ford Fusion Hybrid pull up in their driveway or in their parking lot. The vehicle is an autonomous research vehicle built specifically by the company to deliver data back to Ford.

The vehicle will be occupied by a Ford safety engineer during the research period.

It also comes with additional researchers, who may ask questions and watch as customers use a unique code sent to their phone that will unlock a compartment in the vehicle where they can retrieve their pizza.

The research would include gauging customer reactions to self-driving delivery vehicles, and understanding how those reactions could change as delivery companies switch over their services to automation.

The vehicles were first tested at MCity, the University of Michigan's urban testing course for autonomous and connected vehicles.

Via Ann Arbor dot com.

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