Self-driving cars are becoming increasingly more popular, and it won’t be long before they are spotted more frequently on the road.
Ford and Domino’s Pizza are partnering to test out a delivery method using self-driving cars in Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to Ford, the company will use a Ford Fusion Hybrid to deliver orders to randomly selected customers should they choose to agree.
The customer will use GPS tracker powered by the Domino’s Tracker, and when the car approaches with the delivery order, a text message will be sent to the customer with a code so they can get their pizza from the “Domino’s Heatwave Compartment” from the rear window.
Domino’s president and CEO Patrick Doyle said he is excited to see the results from the test, and he believes in can work to save money and time for deliveries in the future.
“As delivery experts, we’ve been watching the development of self-driving vehicles with great interest as we believe transportation is undergoing fundamental, dramatic change,” Doyle said. “We pride ourselves on being technology leaders and are excited to help lead research into how self-driving vehicles may play a role in the future of pizza delivery. This is the first step in an ongoing process of testing that we plan to undertake with Ford.”
The car will have researchers and engineers on the inside during the test runs to make sure things run smoothly, but they are letting the car do all the work.
If everything tests out properly and the delivery process works, it could become more popular and widespread in the future. Something that efficient would save Domino’s money, and it could be a very effective way to make deliveries.