A DRU prototype from the early stages.

A DRU prototype from the early stages.

Testing for the product has been happening with Queensland’s Department of Transport, with test deliveries happening in some streets with DRU running in a semi-autonomous mode so that everything being done is tracked in case something goes wrong. The hope, however, is that it will make autonomous vehicles a reality with the delivery guy becoming a full-time fleet of robots.

“With autonomous vehicles opening up possibilities for saving lives, saving time and moving goods more efficiently, we look forward to continuing our work in this field and leading the commercial trials so that our customers can reap the benefits,” said Meij.

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Domino’s hasn’t said when the concept will roll out, so don’t expect a robotic delivery of pizza for a while now. Rather, it’s something that showcases a vision of what’s to come, with a timeframe of several years likely for this.

“DRU is cheeky and endearing and we are confident that one day he will become an integral part of the Domino’s family,” said Meij.

“He’s a road to the future and one that we are very excited about exploring further.”

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