DUBLIN, March 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Domino's Australia has created what's believed to be the world's first autonomous pizza delivery vehicle. The pizza company revealed their delivery robot in Brisbane on Thursday night, following months of testing. DRU, Domino's Robotic Unit is a prototype able to reach speeds of 20km/h and designed to cruise on bike paths, trails and footpaths. The global robotics market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 29.11% by 2019, according to a report available from Research and Markets, and this strong growth could see Domino's delivery robot adopted in other countries.
Domino's sourced the robot from the military, and built it with help from Australian startup Marathon Robotics. DRU features Domino's GPS tracking data, plus a system of sensory lasers to help the robot avoid obstacles and maintain its journey to the customer's address. The pizza is kept in a locked storage compartment, accessible through use of a security code sent to the customer's phone.
The global service robotics market will be worth USD 18.02 billion by 2020, as predicted in a recent report. This value will most likely be higher if DRU proves successful, influencing other fast-food suppliers to implement robotic technology in their delivery services.
The global industrial robotics market in the food and beverage industry is set to grow at a CAGR of 29% by 2019. The similar growth in both this market and the general robotics market suggests that the delivery robotic segment will see heavy investment over the next few years.
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