If you’re wondering, yes there’s still autonomous delivery out in Las Vegas and these two bros absolutely loved it.
Earlier this year we got word that Dominos Pizza partnered with Ford on a special delivery vehicle equipped with cameras and radar that allows the car to drive itself from a Dominos Pizza store to a customers house and back. As per the Las Vegas Sun, this program was supposed to run through the end of July but it looks like this autonomous Ford Fusion is either proving profitable for this particular Dominos branch or they’re still gauging customer reaction. According to Summerlin, Las Vegas resident Derek Hoskins, they’re still using these special autonomous Ford Fusion’s and he caught the entire experience on camera for his followers to enjoy.
Last year, Ford announced that they officially partnered with said pizza chain on a mission to conduct consumer research.
Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, and Ford Motor Co. are launching an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery.
If you think about it, there are several key steps that a delivery driver goes through with a customer whether you think about it or not. To humans, it’s ingrained in our head and so routine we don’t give it a second thought. First, there’s the human interaction and initial greeting between delivery driver and customer, then there’s the exchange of goods for services, next there’s a possible tip given and received, and finally, there’s an entire layer of trust built in that you come to expect from a pizza chain. Replicating a similar experience with autonomous vehicles can be a challenge.
But, as you can see in the video, the exchange at a customer’s house of pizza for money goes quite smoothly. Before the pizza arrives, you’ve already paid Dominos through your app and are given a confirmation code you input into the Ford Fusion. It takes less than 20 seconds from the time the car arrives to when you get your pizza. There’s even a little fanfare of horns that plays when you receive your pizza.
If you’re wondering, there’s actually someone sitting in the driver’s seat whose only purpose it to slam the brakes if a crash is imminent.
It’s an overall pleasant experience.
As sometimes an introvert, I lowkey dread interacting with my fellow species when buying my goods or services to survive. That’s why I prefer to go to self-checkout. This is the self-checkout of Pizza and can be a godsend for my sometimes introvert self.
I can see this being a thing in the future for all pizza outlets.