AU­TONOMOUS DE­LIV­ERY VE­HI­CLES

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Driver­less cars would not only be used as peo­ple movers, but could also be em­ployed for de­liv­er­ies. The con­cept re­moves the hu­man con­straint of de­liv­er­ies within work hours, rest breaks or even the risk of not pitch­ing for work at all. An in­trigu­ing part­ner­ship was formed be­tween Toy­ota and Pizza Hut last year to in­ves­ti­gate the fu­ture of au­tonomous pizza de­liv­er­ies. This un­likely col­lab­o­ra­tion makes sense be­cause Toy­ota is work­ing on a con­nected Mo­bil­ity Ser­vices Plat­form (MSPF) in­volv­ing au­tonomous ve­hi­cles, and Pizza Hut de­liv­ers the most piz­zas in the US. Likely a mar­ket­ing ploy, Pizza Hut an­nounced it’s de­vel­op­ing a mo­bile au­to­mated oven which will be lo­cated on the back of a Toy­ota Tun­dra bakkie able to pro­vide a pizza in just seven min­utes af­ter reach­ing the de­liv­ery des­ti­na­tion. The re­sult: pip­ing hot good­ness. Un­for­tu­nately, there’s no in­tro­duc­tion date for this tech­nol­ogy and no word on a lo­cal Hilux ver­sion.

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