Domino’s to test autonomous delivery
Domino’s Pizza plans to test unmanned pizza delivery in Houston later this year.
The chain is teaming up with Nuro. To start, Domino’s will send food to customers from a single store in the Texas city using one of Nuro’s fully autonomous vehicles.
The test is scheduled to start late this year and could expand in 2020.
Domino’s has more than 6,000 restaurants in the U.S. and is experiencing a driver shortage, with as many as 10,000 open positions nationwide, according to Kevin Vasconi, the company’s chief information officer.
The Nuro partnership will help the chain determine if autonomous vehicles are a way for its restaurants to keep up with demand during busy times when drivers are in short supply.
«Consumers are ready for this. I have been surprised by the overall positive reaction people have had to an autonomous vehicle delivery experience» Vasconi said.