Domino’s Pizza, headquartered in Ann Arbor, and Nuro, a California-based robotics company focused on transforming commerce, are partnering on autonomous pizza delivery using the custom, unmanned vehicle known as the R2 later this year.
Domino’s will use Nuro’s autonomous fleet to serve select Houston Domino’s customers who place orders online with participating stores. Once they have opted in, customers can track the vehicle via the Domino’s app and will be provided with a unique PIN code to unlock the compartment to get their pizza.
“We are always looking for new ways to innovate and evolve the delivery experience for our customers,” says Kevin Vasconi, Domino’s executive vice president and chief information officer. “Nuro’s vehicles are specially designed to optimize the food delivery experience, which makes them a valuable partner in our autonomous vehicle journey. The opportunity to bring our customers the choice of an unmanned delivery experience, and our operators an additional delivery solution during a busy store rush, is an important part of our autonomous vehicle testing.”
This partnership will expand Nuro’s autonomous delivery operations, which have safely and successfully been running in the Houston metro area since March 2019. The company began making driverless deliveries to the public in 2018. Nuro has raised more than $1 billion in financing from investors including Softbank and Greylock and shares partnerships with leading brands such as Kroger.
Domino’s was founded in 1960 and is the largest pizza company in the world based on retail sales.