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Domino's could be putting some of its delivery drivers out of a job this year by rolling out a new wave of robot delivery vehicles in Texas.
The robot vehicles, made by the well-funded autonomous driving startup, Nuro, are entirely self-driving and can cart their cargo -- in this case Domino's pizza -- via in-unit storage.
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Once the robot arrives at its destination, customers must meet the vehicle and use a special pin provided to them upon ordering to unlock the hatch and collect their delivery.
Vehicles - Passports - Goods - Nuro - Robots
Unlike other commercial self-driving vehicles, many of which are geared toward either transporting passports or larger goods, Nuro's robots have a decidedly lower footprint.
The R1 is about half the size of a normal car and only travels at speeds of about 25 miles per hour, making them less likely to hurt pedestrians or other vehicles in the event of an accident.
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Since there isn't any room for human passengers, Nuro's cars are also capable of stopping on a dime risking a little cargo damage as opposed to serious injury.
The partnership marks a big step for the prospect of autonomously delivered goods in the US and a boon for Nuro which raised $940 million from SoftBank in February.
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The company also recently announced a partnership with grocery chain, Kroger, to pilot its delivery service in Arizona.
While Nuro has only built about six of its vehicles as...
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