Domino’s and Ford To Research Together on Autonomous Delivery Vehicles
Domino’s and Ford Motor Co. are researching in collaboration on self-driving pizza delivery vehicles and will soon be dropping off pies using an autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid at Ann Arbor, Mich. The companies have established the partnership for studying the partnership for studying the reaction of customers while receiving pizzas from a self-driven vehicle.
In the due process of research, random Domino’s consumers in the Ann Arbor area can choose to get their pizza by a self-driving car. The Fusion Hybrid has the self-driving technology and will be driven manually as well by a safety engineer from Ford.
The plan will also allow the customers to track their orders through use of GPS, and they’ll be receiving a text message which will alert them of the vehicle approaching. The alert will advise the customer over how to unlock and then retrieve the pizza from a specified storage compartment. Most likely, the storage compartment would be interacted with, through the car’s rear side window; all without any interaction with a human.
Domino’s and Ford privately tested its self-driving pizza delivery vehicle at a 32-acre autonomous car test site in Ann Arbor, MCity.
Ford has planned to launch a level 4 autonomous vehicle by 2021 for commercial usage.