Domino Nuro R2 or stand-alone pizza delivery machineApril 14, 2021
The autonomous robotic car Domino Nuro R2 starts working as a pizza delivery man in Texas (USA). Now, the company is launching a series of test deliveries to test the functioning of autonomous car couriers.
North American company Domino’s is launching a series of full-scale tests in Woodland Heights in Houston, Texas for Nuro R2 food delivery robots. Autonomous bots will travel on public roads and will have to overcome traffic jams on their way to their destination.
To participate in testing the new service, customers must place a prepaid order on the Domino website from Woodland Heights Restaurant and select Nuro R2 to complete the delivery.
The company sends a text message with a PIN and the ability to track the location of the robot. When the bot reaches its destination, the customer enters a number to open the door and take the pizza.
“Our brand still has a lot to learn about the autonomous delivery space. This test period will allow us to better understand how customers are responding to food deliveries from autonomous vehicles, how they interact with them, and how it affects our restaurant. ”Dennis Maloney, Domino’s Senior Vice President and Director of Innovation, spoke about the program.
The Nuro R2 is the first autonomous road vehicle without passengers to receive National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approval. He does not ride on sidewalks or cycle paths. As of December 2020, the robot also has permission to travel on public roads in California.
The car has a top speed of 40 km / h. It has a 31 kWh battery. R2 has a payload of 190 kg. The sensor suite includes 360-degree overlapping cameras, thermal imaging camera, LiDAR, short-range and long-range radar, ultrasound, and a microphone to detect emergency vehicle sirens.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that the Volkswagen ID Buzz with autopilot was shown in the render. There is a place on the roof of the minibus for the sensors of automatic driving. The autopilot system is being developed by VW Commercial Vehicles.
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