That’s Out­ra­geous

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Contents - BY LINDA BESNER

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.

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