Ford and Domino's have announced road tests for a self-driving pizza delivery service in Michigan. A fleet of research vehicles will begin deliveries in September as the two firms explore how customers respond to and interact with self-driving cars. In the coming weeks, Domino's customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will be given the option to have a Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle deliver their pizza. Ford and Domino's have announced road tests for a self-driving pizza delivery service in Michigan. In the coming weeks, Domino's customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan will be given the option to have a Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle deliver their pizza.
If you're hungry for pizza and ordering from Domino's in Australia, you can now see what your pie will look like in augmented reality before placing your order. Available through the App Store and Google Play, the updated Domino's mobile app includes New Pizza Chef, an entertaining tool that lets customers build a virtual version of their pizza and their chosen toppings. "Innovations such as the New Pizza Chef with augmented reality are important as they help us to continue to drive online sales, and with up to two million items sold online in one week, we know it's important for us to always be making the online ordering experience more seamless, rewarding, and memorable for our customers," said Michael Gillespie, Domino's Group chief digital and technology officer in a statement. Once the virtual pizza is dressed, users can see it "baked" in front of them via flame effects. The AR experience also displays animated avocado and pineapple characters to up the fun factor (and disgust those who prefer more traditional toppings).
Domino's Pizza has been a company willing to embrace technological change over the past few years. In 2015, it announced that customers could order pizza just by texting a pizza emoji to Domino's. Last November, it delivered a pizza by drone to a couple in New Zealand, claiming that it will be faster and safer as a drone delivery would not have to worry about traffic. Now Domino's is taking another step towards the future as it announced the DRU platform, which ZDNet describes as "an artificial intelligence (AI)-based technology that will allow customers to order a pizza using their voice." Customers could use their phone, computers, or virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa to order pizza, find opening hours, and browse through a menu.
Domino's has delivered new additions to its Domino's Robotics Unit (DRU) family, announcing the DRU Platform, an artificial intelligence (AI)-based technology that will allow customers to order a pizza using their voice. As of Monday, customers will be able to use DRU Assist, an in-app AI virtual assistant that was built in partnership with natural language company Nuance. DRU Assist takes the pizza giant somewhat back to the start of its digital journey, with customers speaking to order a pizza via their phone. Powered by Nuance's Nina, Domino's DRU Assist engages with customers in human-like conversation via text or speech recognition. "DRU Assist is not just a toy, this is real platform change," Domino's Group CEO and Managing Director Don Meij said.
Christiana Cinn alleges a Domino's driver attempted to proposition her for sex following a pizza delivery last month. A porn star alleges a Domino's Pizza driver delivered her a proposition for sex following her pizza delivery, but the pizza chain says the adult fim star has her facts wrong. Christiana Cinn, 28, said she was staying at a hotel in Milwaukee on Feb. 24 when she got hungry and decided to order a pizza from the chain, The Blast reported. Christiana Cinn ordered a pizza from Domino's while staying in a Milwaukee hotel room. A few hours after her pizza was delivered, Cinn received a text message from a number she did not recognize.