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Domino’s Will Use AVs for Pizza Delivery This Year

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Some aspects of the fast-food industry are going high-tech. For instance, earlier this year, we shared how Domino’s will release an in-vehicle pizza-ordering app this year. The company recently announced another goal for this year: using driverless vehicles in their delivery fleets. 

Per Delish, this is the company’s second attempt at going with autonomous vehicles.  This time around, Domino’s is partnering with robotics startup Nuro.  

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A symbiotic partnership

Both Domino’s and Nuro are excited about the joint project. Domino’s sees the AV collaboration as a long-awaited solution to the company’s nationwide labor shortage of 10,000 staff. 

Kevin Vasconi, Domino’s executive vice president and chief information officer, expressed support for the partnership. “The opportunity to bring our customers the choice of an unmanned delivery experience, and our operators an additional delivery solution during a busy store rush, is an important part of our autonomous vehicle testing.”

Nuro, on the other hand, is eager to debut its new R2 vehicle with the Domino’s AVs. It’s already been testing self-driving delivery vehicles with Kroger, transporting groceries to customers via AVs. Branching into the pizza-delivery realm seems to be a logical next step for the enterprise. 

Cosimo Leipold, Nuro’s head of partner relations, articulated his endorsement of the new alliance. “We see incredible opportunity in offering Nuro’s world-class autonomous technology to Domino’s customers, accelerating our shared mission to transform local commerce.”

More details about Domino’s AV pilot

According to Delish, Domino’s AV pilot will begin sometime this year in Houston. If all goes well, it hopes to launch the service nationwide by 2020 or 2021. 

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News Source: Delish