Now, get ready to witness pizza being delivered from an automated car. Recently, Pizza Hut has dropped in the plans for launching a host of driver-less delivery vans and this is definitely a sign that automation has reached the world of greasy comfort food.
When pointed out on twitter that driverless cars could destroy the need for drivers, Pizza Hut justified with an economic theory on Twitter and regarded that the technology might just boost demand for human workers. The tweet further read that, “It actually could create more jobs by opening the pool of ‘drivers’ to those who do not own vehicles. They might act more as servers, focusing on hospitality.”
Basically, Toyota and Pizza Hut are teaming up for this self-driving pizza delivery cars to make pizza delivery more efficient. After announcing this partnership, Pizza Hut US president Artie Starrs stated that “We are focused on technology-based solutions that enable our team members and drivers to deliver even better customer experiences. With Toyota, we are excited to be partnering with an undisputed leader in human mobility with a reputation for innovation, reliability, and efficiency, as we define the pizza delivery experience of the future”.
Toyota has already revealed the e-Palette, an autonomous concept vehicle, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, this year. According to speculation on sites like https://www.pizzaovenreviews.co.uk/uuni-pro-pizza-oven/, the car might be used one day by Pizza Hut to deliver and possibly cook pizzas. Toyota plans to start testing the vehicle as early as 2020. With this, the companies have also planned to collect data from Pizza Hut’s delivery vehicles this year to increase delivery efficiency and safety.
Ming-Jou Chen, a safety technology communications manager for Toyota Motor North America, also regarded to this tech innovation as, “Our plans going forward include feasibility testing, with the timing and other details still being considered at this time”.