Earlier this week a Dominos pizza delivery guy was caught on an elevator security camera snacking on a customer’s toppings. The event occurred in Surrey, British Columbia,
The company’s vice president, Jeff Kacmarek, quickly apologized for incident. “We apologize to our customers, obviously we don’t condone this behaviour. […] We have thousands of hard-working, good drivers, working for us every day and providing great service to our customers and it’s just unfortunate that this particular incident hurts them.”
It’s unfortunate this happened, sure, but look on the bright side. Ford’s recent announcement with Dominos revealed they’re about to test driverless pizza delivery vehicles in the near future.
The future is now, and it’s being delivered on the back of delicious pizza. By a robot.
Ford’s Driverless Delivery: How it Works
Ford is actually most concerned about how customers will react to coming outside to retrieve their pizza. Customers will have to type a four-digit code into a keypad to unlock a heated compartment. The experiment will take place over the next several weeks. It will provide a chance for Ford to study innovative ways to meets its promise to have self-driving vehicles on the road by 2021.
If you still have concerns about having autonomous vehicles on the road, don’t worry. The delivery vehicle (a Ford Fusion) will be accompanied by a company engineer.
The pizza will also be placed in a secure locked box, so the engineer would have to try very hard to steal your toppings.
This is all a part of Ford’s new Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett’s vision to go beyond just building self-driving robot taxis. Hackett sees the delivery of food items as a way advance the autonomous vehicle project generally.
Driverless cars are on the horizon, and they’re bringing pizza with them. Rejoice.