ON DEMAND Six-wheeled self-driving delivery robots will begin taking customers Domino’s pizzas in Germany and the Netherlands.
The robotic units travel at up to speeds of 20km/h and are designed to cruise on footpaths, trails and bike paths.
When it reaches its destination, the customer enters a security code in their phone to tell the robot to open its locked storage compartment and deliver the pizza.
While Domino’s tested groundbased autonomous vehicles for pizza delivery in Australia and New Zealand last year, there are no immediate plans to launch the robots Down Under.
FOR THE PEOPLE It may be cheesy, but the US state of Massachusetts recognises the Pizza Party. Josh Freeman, 43, founded the political designation in 2011 after gathering 120 signatures – 70 more than the required 50 – at bars and restaurants. The Pizza Party has about 476 registered voters – some 42,600 short of the number needed to go from political designation to official party. While a passion for melted cheese may not provide much of a political platform, the party appears to have hit on something close to a universal value: a love of pizza.
SUPREME SPORTS SHOES Mobile apps have made it easier than ever to order pizza at the touch of a button. But would you like to be able to order pizza with the tap of a toe?
Pizza Hut in the US has debuted a new ad campaign centered on a pair of high-top sports shoes – or Pie Tops – that can order pizzas. Each pair of shoes contains a Bluetooth device that syncs up with the Pizza Hut mobile app, allowing users to order a preselected pizza (or the default Supreme Pizza) just by pressing on the shoe’s tongue. The shoes are also fitted with geolocation technology that allows delivery drivers to find customers wherever they are.