They’re already zooming along the sidewalks in the US: small autonomous delivery robots that deliver warm meals straight to your door. And now they’re coming to Europe!
In Amsterdam, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises have sent out the first ever autonomous delivery robot in Europe . This six-wheeled smart vehicle has been developed by Domino’s in collaboration with technology startup Starship Technologies . The electronic pizza deliverer delivered its very first pizzas exclusively to selected customers of Domino’s branch at Rozengracht 166 in Amsterdam on March 29. The company has already experimented with pizza deliveries by unmanned aerial vehicle in Australia and New Zealand . The small robot – which looks like an oversized thermo box on wheels – navigates to its destination autonomously, using its sensors to dodge pedestrians and other obstacles in its path. It is programmed to choose the shortest route to its destination and, according to the company, travels to its destination at a speed of up to 16 km/h. The robot doesn’t travel on the road, but along the sidewalk – its actual speed therefore varies depending on the volume of pedestrian traffic.
No concrete date has yet been set for a test run in Germany. As Karsten Freigang, CEO of Domino’s Pizza Deutschland, has confirmed, nonetheless, the robot is definitely also headed for roll-out in Germany, where Hamburg has apparently been selected for the first test route.