Domino’s Pizza will be delivering pies with the help of driverless robot cars as part of a pilot program in Houston.
The largest pizza chain in the US is partnering with Nuro, a self-driving delivery company that has raised more than $1 billion from investors and which received regulatory approval last year to begin unmanned deliveries.
Nuro also launched a pilot in Houston with CVS last year to deliver prescriptions to consumers and it has been working with Walmart and Kroger as well.
The collaboration with Domino’s comes amid a severe shortage of drivers available for food delivery, Nuro told Reuters in a statement.
Consumers who are part of the pilot can track the vans’ route via text alerts. They pre-pay for their delivery online and once the vans arrive they use a PIN code to retrieve their order from the vans, which are smaller than a regular vehicle.