The R2 robot is the first fully autonomous on-road delivery vehicle to obtain regulatory approval from the US Department of Transportation. Nuro, which was created by two former Google self-driving car engineers, raised $500 million in its most recent funding round, which included a Chipotle Mexican Grill investment.
Houston, Texas has a new pizza deliverer, and it is not a person, but an autonomous car. According to the restaurant chain’s statement released on Monday, a Nuro autonomous car will begin delivering pizzas in Houston this week as part of a pilot program.
Customers must place a prepaid order for delivery from the chain’s Woodland Heights location on the Domino’s website. They can have Nuro’s R2 robot deliver their pizza if their order falls within certain days and times. Customers can enter a specific PIN on the robot’s touch screen when it arrives, which will cause the doors to open and allow them to retrieve their pizza.