Domino's New Zealand has introduced the world's first pizza delivery droid. The three-foot-tall pepperoni purveyor delivers "piping hot meals" and has a "cheeky personality," said the company. And his appearance is creating something of a stir down under.
Developed in Australia, the "autonomous delivery vehicle" is half Wall-E, half baby carriage, with a sprinkling of R2-D2. Known as DRU (Domino's Robotic Unit), the robot can hold up to 10 pizzas in a heated compartment that each customer unlocks with a unique code.
DRU can travel on roads and sidewalks, and is armed with a special sensor to detect obstacles such as cars, lampposts, and curious bystanders.