Domino’s Creates Pizza-Delivering Robot With Military Technology


Marathon Targets has collaborated with Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited to build a pizza delivery robot.

The start-up company, headquartered in Australia, is also hoping to use its robotic technology to help the U.S. Army improve soldiers’ marksmanship. Marathon delivered the world’s first autonomous robotic targets to the Australian Defence Force in 2008, and since then it has extended its reach to other civilian pursuits.

The robot, called Domino's Robotic Unit, or “DRU,” is an autonomous delivery vehicle that has its own pizza oven. Though still in the prototype stage, it could be delivering pizza to you and your lazy neighbors in just in two years.

“We are proud to also be part of this world-first innovation in pizza-delivery technology and its potential for saving lives, saving time, and moving goods more efficiently,” reads a March 18 news post on Marathon Targets’ web site.

DRU utilizes LIDAR, a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges, to identify the surrounding environment to locate its target.

Watch Domino’s Australia introduce DRU.

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